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Published for the first time more than fifty years after the war, First Light is Geoffrey Wellum's gripping memoir of his experiences as a fighter pilot. This was an excellent account of a pilots experience during The Battle of Britain. If you want to know what it was like to be a spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain, then this is the book you need to read. The author was a public schoolboy that joined the RAF just before the First Light. Geoffrey Wellum.

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Published for the first time more than fifty years after the war, First Light is Geoffrey Wellum's gripping memoir of his experiences as a fighter pilot. This was an excellent account of a pilots experience during The Battle of Britain. If you want to know what it was like to be a spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain, then this is the book you need to read.

The author was a public schoolboy that joined the RAF just before the First Light. Geoffrey Wellum. Bursting with youthful energy and enthusiasm, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me s.

Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return. In he went to 65 Squadron at Debden as a Flight Commander and from there to Malta later that year. He now lives in Mullion in Cornwall and has three children.

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Geoffrey Wellum obituary

Geoffrey Wellum, who has died aged 96, was the author of one of the most gripping personal accounts of aerial warfare ever written. First Light , which was made into a BBC drama in , was drawn from notes he had made as a teenage flier in the Battle of Britain. Aged 18, in spring , Wellum was posted to 92 Squadron — and it was then that he encountered, and flew, a Spitfire for the first time. He fell in love with the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire almost instantly. I must be getting lightheaded! What a pity, in a way, that an aeroplane that can impart such a glorious feeling of sheer joy and beauty has got to be used to fight somebody.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return.

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First Light

There have been countless books about the Battle of Britain. But the combination of immediacy — Geoffrey Wellum had jotted down notes in an exercise book at the time — and distance — another 35 years would pass before he expanded his notes into a narrative — gives this account extraordinary depth and resonance. In The Great War and Modern Memory , Paul Fussell compares the triadic structure of the "paradigmatic war memoir"— training, combat, recovery — with the quest in medieval romance: innocence, death, rebirth. First Light exemplifies this form to perfection. One of many interesting things about it is that, unlike most of this genre, the first part — training — takes up more than a third. Yet this section is quite as riveting as anything that follows. Wellum's achievement is to make us experience with his younger self a boy fresh from school the sheer difficulty of learning to fly, with its attendant dangers.

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