The True Story of the Boy who became a Man in the War-torn Skies above Britain

Signed by Geoffrey Wellum DFC

  • Price: £ 60

Signed by Geoffrey Wellum on the title page

Published by Viking. First edition, 3rd impression, 2002.  338 pages and well illustrated with photographs.

Near Fine condition hardback book and dustjacket.  A clean, tight copy.

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.

The first print run of this book was very small but the book quickly became a bestseller and there were at least 14 later impressions of the hardback before it went into paperback. 

‘First Light’ is a true modern classic, totally compelling reading and ranks alongside Hillary’s ‘The Last Enemy’ as a testament to ‘The Few’.