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Free First Light kindle ☆ eBook The Centenary Collection Ê danpashley ¼ ❴Reading❵ ➶ First Light: The Centenary Collection Author Geoffrey Wellum – Danpashley.co.uk In 1918 the RAF was established as the world's first independent air force To mark the 100th anniversary ofIn 1918 the RAF was established as the world's first independent air force To mark the 100th anniversary of its creation Penguin are publishing the Centenary Collection a series of six classic books highlighting the skill heroism esprit de corps that have characterised the Royal Air Force throughout its first centuryTwo months before the outbreak of the Second World War eighteen year old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAFDesperate to get in the air he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Suadron 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 returnThe Centenary Collection1 The Last Enemy by Richard Hillary2 Tumult in the Clouds by James Goodson3 Going Solo by Roald Dahl4 First Light by Geoffrey Wellum5 Tornado Down by John Peters & John Nichol6 Immediate Response by Mark Hammond I was transfixed by this book Geoffrey Wellum is one of only four WW2 spitfire pilots still living He tells his story exceptionally well none of the romancing of the heroics often seen on the movies He tells of the cold the fear and of the exhilaration of flying solo The battles he fought his thoughts the overwhelming exhaustion those who fought in the skies above felt when sent on sortie after sortie patrol after patrol As a woman I though this would probably be a 'boys own' telling Not so Geoffrey Wellum told it as it was and how dreadful war is Romance played its part but always it was over shadowed by the threat presented by the enemy

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In 1918 the RAF was established as the world's first independent air force To mark the 100th anniversary of its creation Penguin are publishing the Centenary Collection a series of six classic books highlighting the skill heroism esprit de corps that have characterised the Royal Air Force throughout its first centuryTwo months before the outbreak of the Second World War eighteen year old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAFDesperate to get in the air he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Suadron 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 returnThe Centenary Collection1 The Last Enemy by Richard Hillary2 Tumult in the Clouds by James Goodson3 Going Solo by Roald Dahl4 First Light by Geoffrey Wellum5 Tornado Down by John Peters & John Nichol6 Immediate Response by Mark Hammon I read the printed version of this book when it was first published so am very happy to see it in convenient Kindle format for easy accessThere have been many first hand accounts of what it was like to fight in the Battle of Britain and I have read a number of them over the years but I cannot think of one I prefer to this well crafted true story Perhaps it reads so well because the author waited a long time to set his thoughts down? Or maybe he is simply a gifted writer Either way he really gives a feel of what is was like to fly and fight a Spitfire in 1940 This includes some very human moments For example pursuing an unsuspecting German plane in bad weather over the Channel at low level he wonders whether he is justified in destroying an effectively helpless opponent who at that point is simply trying to get back to his baseVery highly recommended for all readers of aviation books and especially those about the Battle of Britain

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First Light The Centenary CollectionD In 1918 the RAF was established as the world's first independent air force To mark the 100th anniversary of its creation Penguin are publishing the Centenary Collection a series of six classic books highlighting the skill heroism esprit de corps that have characterised the Royal Air Force throughout its first centuryTwo months before the outbreak of the Second World War eighteen year old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAFDesperate to get in the air he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Suadron 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 returnThe Centenary Collection1 The Last Enemy by Richard Hillary2 Tumult in the Clouds by James Goodson3 Going Solo by Roald Dahl4 First Light by Geoffrey Wellum5 Tornado Down by John Peters & John Nichol6 Immediate Response by Mark Hammo This book is by far the best I’ve read on the Battle of Britain Fluidly and without fuss it covers all of its dimensions personal organizational engineering tactical and strategicIt's a personal story a 17 year old growing up; mastering the complexities of flying basic trainers; accepting the discipline of hard study; learning to fly and fight as part of a team of young men; dealing with the death of friends and with his own terror; learning the visual physical and mental skills that keep him alive in combat; falling in love; and finally physically burning outThe book has other complementary dimensionsIt's a vivid and technical description of the terrors and challenges of learning to fly those 19030s1940s piston engined planesIt's an insight into the very British bonds that held a team of pilots together and kept them fighting through death disaster and constant fearIt's a historical record of the technicalities of flying and navigating those planes that culminates in a hymn to the glorious Spitfire – there’s a beautiful passage describing his return from combat slipping alone high above the murk the sky darkening as the sun dips below the horizonIt's a testimony to the ground mechanics whose patience hard work and ingenuity kept the fighter planes flying through thick and thinIt touches on the enormous and highly successful engineering effort at Supermarine and Rolls Royce as their engineers rushed to fix the Spitfire’s problems as revealed by the first battles and gives insights into how the ground crew and pilots worked as part of that processIt provides insights into minds of the German pilots flying at the limit of their range to fight an unexpectedly better organized and better euipped enemyAnd finally it describes his sadness at surviving the great battle and realizing that his life will never again burn so brightWonderful