Download PDF by H. Leonard Thorne,Gill Griffin,Barry Griffin: A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to AFDU - the Diary and

By H. Leonard Thorne,Gill Griffin,Barry Griffin

The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in could 1940. After tense excursions of operational accountability as a fighter pilot (including a few desperately harmful low-level flying at Dunkirk) he used to be published to AFDU (Air scuffling with improvement Unit) and remained there as a try pilot for the remainder of the warfare. He flew either Allied plane and captured enemy planes and was once a colleague of some of the fighter ‘aces’. thankfully for us, Len stored an insightful diary, which, set along his log publication, tells the original tale of a member of the AFDU, tasked with constructing operational strategies and trying out captured enemy aircraft.

Len offers not just an perception into the fantastic paintings performed by way of the try out pilots but in addition into probably the most well-known flyers of the RAF, with whom he labored, together with Wing Commander Al Deere and Spitfire Aces SL ‘Paddy’ Finucane, Ernie Ryder, and so forth. Len’s diary for September 21 1942 files the 1st sighting of the dreaded FW190: ‘The pilot played a chain of quickly rolls…metaphorically sticking up the proverbial fingers.’ In could 1943 Len will be attempt flying an identical sort after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!

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