The True Story of the Boy who became a Man in the War-torn Skies above Britain
Signed by Geoffrey Wellum DFC
Inscribed & signed by Geoffrey Wellum on the title page
Published by John Wiley & Sons. First US edition, 2002. 338 pages and well illustrated with photographs.
Mint condition hardback book which has pictorial glazed covers and no dustjacket as published. The book has been printed on acid free paper which is not prone to fading (unlike the UK edition). The book is clean and very tight having only been opened for signing.
An exceptional autobiography of life in the air in WW2. Geoffrey Wellum’s RAF commission came through in 1939 and he was posted to No 92 Squadron, aged just 17 and became one of the youngest participants in the Battle of Britain. In March 1942 he went to No 65 Squadron at Debden, and from there to Malta. Returning to England he became a Typhoon test pilot, and stayed in the RAF after the war as a staff officer.
‘A work of exceptional quality….a passion and immediacy which makes it compelling reading’ ~ Max Hastings
‘Startlingly vivid recollections… this is the air war at its most intense’ ~ The Spectator
‘An extraordinarily gripping and powerful story’ ~ The Evening Standard
‘First Light’ is a true modern classic and ranks alongside Hillary’s ‘The Last Enemy’ as a testament to ‘The Few’. This is a splendid signed copy of a very unusual and pleasing edition of the book.