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  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 253
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  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 235

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-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.

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  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Enjoyable account of aerial warfare

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-19

The story manages to convey the fears and apprehensions of the boy who dreamed of flying, through to the weariness of the man he becomes having fought in single combat during the Battle of Britain and beyond, whilst still being in his early 20’s.

The dangers facing the fliers are described clearly, sweeping aside the image of glamour that is usually associated with ‘The Few’.