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Duration: 1 hour, 19 minutes


At the age of just 18, Geoffrey Wellum was one of the youngest Spitfire pilots to go into combat in the Battle of Britain. A boy, barely out of school, he was determined to fight for survival. The price of victory was more than he could bear. Seventy years later, that same boy is still yearning to be free.

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Sat 22 Oct 2011 22:30 BBC Two

  • Photo: Cockpit

    Photo: Cockpit

    'Boy' Geoffrey Wellum (Sam Heughan) in the cockpit of a Supermarine Spitfire.

  • Photo: Grace and Geoffrey

    Photo: Grace and Geoffrey

    Grace (Tuppence Middleton) and 'Boy' Geoffrey Wellum (Sam Heughan) rest in the English countryside.

  • Photo: Pilots

    Photo: Pilots

    From left to right: Davy (Paul Tinto), 'Boy' Geoffrey Wellum (Sam Heughan), Tommy Lund (Alex Robertson), Mac (Gary Lewis), Bevington (Paul Kynman), Brian Kingcombe, (Ben Aldridge), Trevor Wimpey Wade (Jordan Bernarde) and Drummond (Alex Waldmann).

  • BBC TV blog

    BBC TV blog

    "The war literally tore Geoff's emotions apart" - Director Matthew Whiteman talks about the making of First Light.

    Read more about First Light on the BBC TV blog
  • BBC History

    BBC History

    Explore the key events of the Battle of Britain with clips from over 50 years of BBC television and radio programmes.

    BBC History: The Battle of Britain
  • The Battle of Britain Season

    The Battle of Britain Season

    This programme is part of a season marking the 70th anniversary of The Battle Of Britain across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four.

    Go to The Battle of Britain Season site


Sam Heughan
Brian Kingcombe
Ben Aldridge
Gary Lewis
Paul Kynman
Tuppence Middleton
Richard Walsh
Matthew Whiteman
Matthew Whiteman
Matthew Whiteman


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