By Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin
The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in might 1940. After nerve-racking excursions of operational responsibility as a fighter pilot (including a few desperately risky low-level flying at Dunkirk) he was once published to AFDU (Air struggling with improvement Unit) and remained there as a try pilot for the remainder of the conflict. He flew either Allied plane and captured enemy planes and was once a colleague of a number of the fighter 'aces'. thankfully for us, Len saved an insightful diary, which, set along his log publication, tells the original tale of a member of the AFDU, tasked with constructing oeprational strategies and trying out captured enemy plane. Len presents not just an perception into the superb paintings performed by way of the try pilots but additionally into the most recognized flyers of the RAF, with whom he labored, together with Wing Commander Al Deere and Spitfire Aces SL 'paddy' Finucane, Ernie Ryder, etc. Len's diary for September 21 1942 documents the 1st sighting of the dreaded FW190: 'The pilot played a chain of fast rolls... metaphorically sticking up the proverbial fingers.' In may well 1943 Len will be flying a similar sort after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!
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A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to the AFDU--The Diary and Log Book of Test Pilot Leonard Thorne, 1940-45 by Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin