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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During the recent offensive operations over France he has led his section and flight with great skill and determination. He’s not much of a writer, but his descriptions of the mechanics of flight in a Spitfire are very good. An eccentric writer must choose between his work and the love of his life. Does not discuss anything about Battle of Britain tactics, strategy etc.

Yes No Report this. He was a member of the Royal Ilght Force Club. Few writers have succeeded more completelyin evoking the chaos and horror of war.

Geoffrey Wellum

Excellent read, up there with the classics of the genre, “piece of cake” and “reach for the sky”. Firxt book came highly recommended and it didn’t disappoint! Preview — First Light by Geoffrey Wellum. It is a delight to read.

By he has flown fifty missions and feels invincible,though gepffrey sees friends die and in the stress causes him to have a breakdown. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. But there are many other memoirs of the air war.

Nine Lives Fighter Pilots. Books by Geoffrey Wellum. I read this in paperback years ago and made the mistake of lending it someone who didn’t return it. I truly enjoyed Geoffrey Wellum’s story of his training and chuckled a good many times whilst reading about one thing or another. Wellum doesn’t give a good sense of how his squadron’s work figures in the big picture but DOES give a good sense of what it is to be flying and fighting. First Light brings to life just one small facet of WW2, but it does so in a way that I’ll gladly read it again.


Paperbackpages. Although he wrote it years later without referring to a personal journal since he had not kept one the experiences are like a fresh recounting of some recent event. Order by newest oldest recommendations. One of the greatest WWII pilot’s memoirs. It made me laugh out loud in places and also brought tears to my eyes in others. He selects a handful of his most memorable experiences and devotes a chapter to each.

First Light

Simpson rated it really liked it. Wellum left the Royal Air Force in [7] and took over the family business.

Finally in Malta, he succumbs to combat fatigue that’s deep enough that a chronic sinusitus makes him unfit for flying. Published May 1st by Penguin Books Ltd. There are many more people than you may realize who are grateful for what you have written. Brian Kingcombe Alex Robertson Loading comments… Trouble loading? First Light is the record of an old man looking back on his life and asking the question of whether that life was worthwhile.

The daily lives of staff at a Birmingham medical practice, including their often dramatic involvements with their patients. Extraordinary direct writing straight from the shoulder Deeply personal in a way I have seldom come across before. Sep 27, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: He fell in love with the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire almost instantly.

Never Call Me a Hero: We get plenty of air combat descriptions, we get the whole story of his training, and we get quite a lot of self-analysis and reflection. This is a very compelling book. In Wellum’s deft account, you’ll experience an exciting and potentially fatal ride each time this RAF hero takes to the skies, and you’ll soon recognize the debt of gratitude we must pay to him lighr his fighter pilots-in-arms for saving civilization–a distressing but ultimately inspiring book.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is beautifully written, humorous and touching.

This is a great story and in finishing I would like to add the following comment from a great historian about this book: Because it combines two things in a quite extraordinary manner. It’s interesting to see that side but it misses a bit of something that makes the rating of this TV movie not as high as it could be.

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This then is yet another milestone in my life. Aug 26, Malissa Mcdermott rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft lighht damaged several others. Many died usually horribly burned alive in their planes ,but fifst they went up day after day. D-Day and the Battle forNormandy.

Get to Know Us. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. However he survives the war and,in the present,talks direct to camera,voicing his feelings about his service experiences.