First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain

By: Wellum, Geoffrey

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This may turn out to be the last great undiscovered memoir of the Second World War. Ex-Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum wrote the book with no intention of ever seeing it published. Penguin picked it up, and since its appearance such luminaries as Max Hastings have been full of praise. First Light tells the story of Wellum's time as a pilot during the war. In the Battle of Britain, he and his comrades began to live each day with a fierce intensity. The thrill of flying a Spitfire was coupled with the sheer terror of combat, and when the day was over, the Squadron drank and played as hard as they could. One by one his friends stopped returning home. By the age of 21, Wellum was drained, mentally and physically. A harrowing book, but also a celebration of life. 2 photo sections, 338pp, 600g for post. Faults? upper outer corners bumped. a reviewer says >> You'd think that after 50 years, all the worthwhile first-person there-I-was accounts of flying Spitfires in the Battle of Britain would have been published. You'd be wrong.

Title: First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain

Author Name: Wellum, Geoffrey

Categories: BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, MEMOIRS, AVIATION, WEAPONS, FIREARMS, WAR, MILITARY, - WORLD WAR II,

Publisher: UK, Viking: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Size: 22.5cm

Seller ID: 013511

Keywords: Wellum RAF Spitfire Hurricane Blitz War Airforce