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First Light (Wellum book)

First Light: The Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies Above Britain
Author Geoffrey Wellum
Language English
Subject Memoir
Genre History
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Jan 2002
Media type Softcover
Pages 352
OCLC 48416722

First Light: The Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies Above Britain is a 2002 memoir by Geoffrey Wellum, a British fighter pilot in World War II.


The book opens with Wellum's interview for the Royal Air Force and his training. It then shifts to his participation in the Battle of Britain and to his participation in Operation Pedestal, flying planes to Malta off an aircraft carrier. It then closes with him being grounded, recovering from sinusitis, and then returning to duty as a test pilot.


It was adapted in 2010 as a drama documentary, premiered at 9pm on 14 September 2010 on BBC 2 as part of the BBC's commemorations of the seventieth anniversary of Battle of Britain, with Wellum himself narrating and the young Wellum played by Sam Heughan.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "First Light (TV 2010)".  
  2. ^ BBC2 Programmes
  3. ^ BBC - Coming Up - First Light

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