In , the RAF was established as the world’s first independent air force. To mark the th anniversary of its creation, Penguin are. First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain [Geoffrey Wellum] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying . Editorial Reviews. Review. This may turn out to be the last great undiscovered memoir of the First Light (The Centenary Collection) by [Wellum, Geoffrey].

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Loading comments… Trouble loading? View all 5 comments. Memories from Fighter Command. In First Light, Geoffrey Wellum tells the inspiring, oftenterrifying true story of his coming of age amid the roaring,tumbling dogfights of the fiercest air war the world had ever geoffdey.

It touches the heart, it is a true and honest account of a Veteran Pilot who served his country throughout the 2nd world war as a heroic pilot. Welllum had served at Gallipoli during the first world war and was commissioned on the battlefield.

It’s less about the actual flying and more about the physiological effects on the lead person, the combat stress. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. First Light is a fabulous firsf of the day to day life of a spitfire pilot during The Battle of Britain. For Wellum and his comrades the intensity eased, as Spitfires were unsatisfactory nightfighters, and the squadron moved into winter quarters at Manston in Kent. Buy the selected items together This item: It’s very well-written and will give you a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by the Second World War generation.


It’s reasonably played and in a way it’s interesting to hear the actual pilot’s comments in between the bits of movie. Preview — First Light by Geoffrey Wellum.

Looking back, he reflects on whether he has made the right decision.

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Geoffrey’s stream of consciousness style is insightful, honest and captivating. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In today’s military, student pilots wouldn’t be allowed near an airplane until completeing four years of college. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged several others. I lovely the way Geoffrey writes. It is a groffrey to read. Don’t have a Kindle? Read more Read less.

The author has a geoffrye story to tell and relates it with real vividness. When interviewed many years later by Michael Parkinson, Parkinson asked him about how the pressure of playing top-level cricket, to which Miller gave the immortal, and precise, answer: The sun glints on their wings and bellies as they roll like trout in a stream eellum over smooth round pebbles.

Interesting firsthand account of the Battle of Britain. D-Day and the Battle forNormandy. Tortured by fierce headaches, even in themidst of battle, he could not bear the thought of “not pulling yourweight,” of letting other pilots risk their lives in his place.

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Learn more More Like This. Return to Book Page. Heart of Lightness Wellum left the Royal Air Force in [7] and took over the family business.


I found myself amazed as I read the book of how much this young man and his friends suffered in defending their country and their mates in the air.

If you are not too much into the history of WWII or airplanes or life of the pilots don’t watch, you’ll be bored.

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Its a wonderful tribute to the bravery, camaraderie and sacrifice of a previous generation. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! It only seems a few weeks or so ago that I walked out of the school gates for the last time, but it can’t have been a matter of weeks because I’m dressed up in a blue suit with a pair of wings on it.

In hisfervor to fly, he gave little thought to the coming war. He was posted to an operational training unit and did not return to squadron service until Februarywhen he became a flight commander with 65 Squadron, at Great Sampford in Essex.

If I survive, that is.

Learning of his death earlier in July saddened me more than the news of other WW2 veterans.