First Light - The Centenary Collection (Paperback)
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First Light - The Centenary Collection (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 06/08/2009
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Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF . . . 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 109s. 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141042756
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


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An extraordinarily deeply moving and astonishingly evocative story. Reading it, you feel you are in the Spitfire with him, at 20,000ft, chased by a German Heinkel, with your ammunition gone * Independent *
A brilliantly fresh, achingly written memoir. Thrilling and frightening on virtually page . . . Wellum takes you into battle with him. A book for all ages and generations, a treasure * Daily Express *
Vivid, wholly convincing, compelling. One of the best memoirs for years about the experience of flying in war -- Max Hastings * Sunday Telegraph *
Amazing fresh and immediate . . . absolutely honest, it is an extraordinarily gripping and powerful story * Evening Standard *

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Birthday gift so not read.

Paperback edition
7th September 2018
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“First Light by Geoffrey Wellum”

I was fascinated by this book because although I knew about the Spitfires I had never read a book about them and their pilots. This gives an insight into how a young pilot coped with the second world war as a Spitfire... More

Paperback edition
30th August 2018
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