First Light

by Geoffrey Wellum | Biographies & Memoirs |
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Registered by fsr44 of Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on 11/6/2003
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by fsr44 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Thursday, November 6, 2003
Memoir of an RAF fighter pilot. Purchased in London, while passing through Heathrow. TBR.

Journal Entry 2 by fsr44 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Not a great work of literature, but the stream of consciousness style does lend a feeling of immediacy. If you have any interest in knowing what it was like to be a young RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain, you can't do much better than this.

Journal Entry 3 by fsr44 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Sending to Badgerjim and his dad. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by wingBadgerjimwing from Augusta, Maine USA on Sunday, August 7, 2005
I got this in Madison on Friday while visiting my family for my parents' 60th anniversary (as FSR44 knows, my father was in the USAAF in WWII). I'm going to see if he'd like me to lend it to him first.

Journal Entry 5 by wingBadgerjimwing from Augusta, Maine USA on Saturday, November 12, 2005
I got this back from my parents today. My mother in particular enjoyed it very much (I think my dad might still feel a little rivalry with the fighter pilots.. :-))

Journal Entry 6 by wingBadgerjimwing from Augusta, Maine USA on Monday, January 23, 2006
I'd echo FSR44's comments. I sent this as a RABCK in a box with a four volume set by Winston Churchill to Kansas Kiwi today. The RABCK is in honor of FSR44's father, who like my father and the author of this book fought in the European Theater in World War II.

Journal Entry 7 by KansasKiwi on Saturday, January 28, 2006
Arrived today! Thank you for this surprise RABCK, badgerjim. What a nice pick-me-up just when I needed one.

Back in the mid 50s my mother thought it was a bit odd that I loved to read the Biggles books, usually sought after by boys, not little girls. I now collect them and it's fascinating.

Before I read it I'll loan it to my father-in-law who flew a C-47 (military transport plane) in WWII, based in India supporting the Burma Campaign.

Journal Entry 8 by KansasKiwi on Sunday, January 29, 2006
Today I gave this book to my father-in-law who was pleased to receive it. He asked if I was familiar with the following beautiful verse composed by WWII Spitfire pilot, John Gillespie McGee, Jr.


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of -- Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

--John Gillespie McGee, Jr. (1922 - 1941)

Journal Entry 9 by fsr44 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Monday, January 30, 2006
Thanks for adding one of my favorite poems to this journal. How appropriate!

Journal Entry 10 by KansasKiwi on Monday, January 30, 2006
Adjusting status.

Journal Entry 11 by KansasKiwi on Sunday, February 12, 2006
My father-in-law enjoyed this book and said that it brought to mind vague memories of a wartime friendship with a plucky RAF pilot.


Added to my TBR pile.

Journal Entry 12 by KansasKiwi on Thursday, February 23, 2006
An enjoyable account, gripping at times, of how a boy on the cusp of manhood very quickly grew into his wartime role as a Spitfire pilot. A true hero.

Thanks, Badgerjim, it was a good choice.

Journal Entry 13 by KansasKiwi on Monday, June 5, 2006
Available for trade/postage/RABCK.

Journal Entry 14 by KansasKiwi at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Monday, September 26, 2011

Released 12 yrs ago (9/26/2011 UTC) at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA


Donated to Presbyterian Hospital library.

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