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    First Light (Audio cassette) By (author) Geoffrey Wellum, Read by Jamie Glover

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    DescriptionThis is the memoir of a young man (17 years old when the story begins) who enlisted into the RAF weeks before the outbreak of World War II. We follow Geoffrey's progress through the demanding early stages of his training: he was distinctly below average and was reminded of this continually. He was obviously a sensitive young man and pressure on him tells. As the war raged in the air over the channel, Geoffrey, by then an 18-year-old spitfire fighter pilot with minimal experience, was posted to a squadron based on the south coast. He remained here for two years and despite the appalling casualty rate - friends disappearing almost after every sortie - he became a brave, decorated fighter pilot. Running through the book are his inner feelings - angst, bravado, comradeship - and it is this powerfully evoked sense of self that is one of the most moving aspects of the book. Geoffrey describes his first flights in a spitfire, as well as his first experience of aerial battle and one dreadful sortie over the English Channel where his radio broke and he was coping with thunderstorm, cloud and German planes. Finally in the writing one begins to see, through small references at first, the effect on Geoffrey of this endless stress and tiredness. He began to doubt himself, things went wrong and finally he snapped.


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    Title
    First Light
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geoffrey Wellum, Read by Jamie Glover
    Physical properties
    Format: Audio cassette
    Number of pages: 2
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 141 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 124 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141804842
    ISBN 10: 014180484X
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS027140, HIS027100, TEC025000, BIO000000
    DC21: 940.544941092
    Edition
    Abridged
    Edition statement
    Abridged edition
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Audiobooks
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Geoffrey Wellum joined the RAF in August 1939 and served with 92 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. In 1942 he went to 65 Squadron at Debden as a Flight Commander and from there to Malta later that year. He led 8 Spitfires off HMS Furious to Luqa during Operation Pedestal. He now lives in Mullion in Cornwall and has three children.
    Review quote
    "An extraordinary, deeply moving and astonishingly evocative story. Reading it, you feel you are in the Spitfire with him, at 20,000 feet, chased by a German Heinkel, with your ammunition gone." Independent