“In First Light, Geoffrey Wellum tells the inspiring, often terrifying true story of his coming of age amid the roaring, tumbling dogfights of the fiercest air war the. In , the RAF was established as the world’s first independent air force. To mark the th anniversary of its creation, Penguin are. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF.

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Firstly, this book has moved, in a single reading, into my top five favourite books of all time. This would probably be more adequately expressed in the third person by a biographer.

Thanks ever I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Trivia About First Light. The story takes him from when he first volunteered for the RAF at the age of 17 right out of school through his abbreviated training and wartime experiences.

Wellum describes his chase of a Junkers 88 bomber in foul weather and his subsequent efforts to return to his airbase, I felt as if I were the cockpit with him, hoping that I’d get down safely and in one piece!

As good as it gets, liht I’ve read many examples of this genre. It made me ewllum out loud in places and also brought tears to my eyes in others. Set up a giveaway.


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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The various interviews with the author available online add an extra poignancy to this memoir in light of his personal struggle in later life. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Topics Second world war. Highly recommended for both History nuts like myself and the general public.

Retrieved from ” https: A Bf was claimed shot down [by Wellum] on 9 July over France. That November there were two damaged Bf s, and one shared. At the end of July, he was detailed to command a flight of eight Spitfires from the aircraft carrier HMS Furious, sailing from the Clyde to the Mediterranean, and land them on the besieged island of Malta.

That’s right, stop reading this review right now and go and get hold of First Light however you can: Well this is a classic tale of courage and camaraderie in dark times. Soon after his arrival, 92 Squadron moved from Duxford in Cambridgeshire to Pembrey in Carmarthenshire.

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This time yesterday we were with our course fidst Warmwell. He’s not wrong either! I read this in paperback years ago and made the mistake of lending it someone who didn’t return it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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See all reviews. Never Call Me a Hero: His descriptions of flight captures and conveys the joy and emotional connection of an aviator with this realm in a clear understated style that anyone who’s ever flown can connect with.

From the Inside Flap “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so manyto so few. It’s remarkable to see what Geoffrey Wellum and his contemporaries did in their teens. What’s more, he was an old man whose marriage had broken down and who had withdrawn from his old life. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me s. Thank you, Mr Wellum, for your life and for your book.