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fluke39
10-15-2003, 11:33 AM
Hello

as 1C have announced their next sim as Battle of britain, i thought i'd plug the book i just finished reading since it was a fantastic read and is set around this time period. if i'm right i think this book has either just or very recently been published and is a great read. It's called "First Light" and was written by Geoffrey Wellum. it basically covers his early years from the day he decided to become a fighter pilot, through training to combat in spits during the later part of the battle of britain and the blitz/early offensive operations.

It isn't descriptions of air combat from cover to cover but there is (obviously) a fair bit though, his writing style is excellent and really shows what it was like for most young men who became fighter pilots and how they lived during the BoB/ blitz period.

here is an random extract

"The bombers, Heinkels mainly in this batch are in rigid formation and a milling mass of small gnat-like fighters battle it out around them. I try and latch on to a vic of three Henikels slightly on their own, They are away from their main formation but, before i can get near enough a pair of 109's come in at me from the port beam. I see them in good time, turn into them and pass underneath. They go by overhead, pretty close and as i look up at them i can see oil streaks on the bellies of their fuselages, they have yellow noses.

Another 109. Bastard. I reverse the turn and try to get on to him but he is going to fast and i miss out. Some tracer goes over the top of my hood, not all that close but i have to break. I don't even see who took a pot at me. I must be difficult to hit as i throw the spit about, never still for a second. What on earth is going on? there is great confusion and i am in the middle of an almightly bloody mix up and i haven't even fired my guns yet. Obviously i came bounding into the middle of this lot without bothering to think exactly where on earth i was going or who i was going to have a shot at. A bit immature that; not very bright at all.
But half a moment.Theres a thing, all is not lost, a couple of Junkers 88s flying very tight together about half a mile distant and a fraction below. I've got my eye on you, you buggers. Just you hold on a bit mateys and i'll have your guts for garters. Even as i watch they drop their bombs and start a slow turn away.

Below is fairly open country, only a smallish village and a few scatterd houses or cottages. Pray God that the bombs miss them but, at least, it's not a built up area such as the East End of London. Presumably they chucked their loads off in a bit of a panic.

A pair of 109s sail above and behind them but they have not seen me. Where on earth do all these bloody 109s come from? They must have hundreds of the blighters......

.....OK now watch the target. Speed building up too quickly ease the throttle back slightly. The 109s haven't seen me . I begin to swallow hard and my left leg begins to tremble for some bloody stupid reason. I' getting excited again, all tensed up. Wish i was the cold calculating type with steely blue eyes.
Thers no time to consider aything but those 88s. Astern of the bombers. They come towards me at an astonishing speed; sh*t! sight on. Oh damn, i'm still miles too fast. Bloody hell! Overtaking like a rocket.open fire. The guns going, trembling Spitfire, smell of compressed air or cordite or something. Hold it a fraction longer; hits on the left-hand one, lots of them. Christ, Geoff, you're going to ram him. Stick forward, a thump. Either you've hit him or it's slipstream. Hope it's slipstream."

So if you are interested in the RAF during the 1940-42 period get this book - it's a cracking read and you won't want to put it down /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
Incidently i have just started "fighter boys" by patrick bishop (BoB period aswell) and "Tumult in the clouds" by james goodson (about eagle squadrons/ USAAF fourth fighter group in britain) - both of which seem so far to be good reads also /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif )

i know there have been a few threads on books recently - but if you want to reccomend some books or even better write an extract in this thread it would be welcome /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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fluke39
10-15-2003, 11:33 AM
Hello

as 1C have announced their next sim as Battle of britain, i thought i'd plug the book i just finished reading since it was a fantastic read and is set around this time period. if i'm right i think this book has either just or very recently been published and is a great read. It's called "First Light" and was written by Geoffrey Wellum. it basically covers his early years from the day he decided to become a fighter pilot, through training to combat in spits during the later part of the battle of britain and the blitz/early offensive operations.

It isn't descriptions of air combat from cover to cover but there is (obviously) a fair bit though, his writing style is excellent and really shows what it was like for most young men who became fighter pilots and how they lived during the BoB/ blitz period.

here is an random extract

"The bombers, Heinkels mainly in this batch are in rigid formation and a milling mass of small gnat-like fighters battle it out around them. I try and latch on to a vic of three Henikels slightly on their own, They are away from their main formation but, before i can get near enough a pair of 109's come in at me from the port beam. I see them in good time, turn into them and pass underneath. They go by overhead, pretty close and as i look up at them i can see oil streaks on the bellies of their fuselages, they have yellow noses.

Another 109. Bastard. I reverse the turn and try to get on to him but he is going to fast and i miss out. Some tracer goes over the top of my hood, not all that close but i have to break. I don't even see who took a pot at me. I must be difficult to hit as i throw the spit about, never still for a second. What on earth is going on? there is great confusion and i am in the middle of an almightly bloody mix up and i haven't even fired my guns yet. Obviously i came bounding into the middle of this lot without bothering to think exactly where on earth i was going or who i was going to have a shot at. A bit immature that; not very bright at all.
But half a moment.Theres a thing, all is not lost, a couple of Junkers 88s flying very tight together about half a mile distant and a fraction below. I've got my eye on you, you buggers. Just you hold on a bit mateys and i'll have your guts for garters. Even as i watch they drop their bombs and start a slow turn away.

Below is fairly open country, only a smallish village and a few scatterd houses or cottages. Pray God that the bombs miss them but, at least, it's not a built up area such as the East End of London. Presumably they chucked their loads off in a bit of a panic.

A pair of 109s sail above and behind them but they have not seen me. Where on earth do all these bloody 109s come from? They must have hundreds of the blighters......

.....OK now watch the target. Speed building up too quickly ease the throttle back slightly. The 109s haven't seen me . I begin to swallow hard and my left leg begins to tremble for some bloody stupid reason. I' getting excited again, all tensed up. Wish i was the cold calculating type with steely blue eyes.
Thers no time to consider aything but those 88s. Astern of the bombers. They come towards me at an astonishing speed; sh*t! sight on. Oh damn, i'm still miles too fast. Bloody hell! Overtaking like a rocket.open fire. The guns going, trembling Spitfire, smell of compressed air or cordite or something. Hold it a fraction longer; hits on the left-hand one, lots of them. Christ, Geoff, you're going to ram him. Stick forward, a thump. Either you've hit him or it's slipstream. Hope it's slipstream."

So if you are interested in the RAF during the 1940-42 period get this book - it's a cracking read and you won't want to put it down /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
Incidently i have just started "fighter boys" by patrick bishop (BoB period aswell) and "Tumult in the clouds" by james goodson (about eagle squadrons/ USAAF fourth fighter group in britain) - both of which seem so far to be good reads also /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif )

i know there have been a few threads on books recently - but if you want to reccomend some books or even better write an extract in this thread it would be welcome /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 12:05 PM
Can you please name the ISBN numbers?

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fluke39
10-15-2003, 01:03 PM
Dutch60 wrote:
- Can you please name the ISBN numbers?
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First light (great book, covers authors combats in Spits)ISBN: 0-141-00814-8


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Tumult in the clouds (only half way through but gripping read so far - covers Spits, P47's and P51's) ISBN: 0-14-101081-9


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Fighter boys (can't totally vouch for this one yet as have only read a bit so far, but looks good and have heard others say it is good, BoB period) ISBN:0-00-257169-2


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Fighter Pilot (excellent classic, basically covers Paul Richeys experience on Hurricanes in RAF during battle of France) ISBN: 0-304-35850-9

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 01:59 PM
Thnx for the Information and ISBN numbers

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