A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to AFDU: The Diary and Log Book of Test Pilot Leonard Thorne 1940-45

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The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in May 1940. After two hectic tours of operational duty as a fighter pilot (including some desperately dangerous low-level flying at Dunkirk) he was posted to AFDU (Air Fighting Development Unit) and remained there as a test pilot for the rest of the war. He flew both Allied aircraft and captured enemy planes and was a colleague of many of the fighter "aces." Fortunately for us, Len kept an insightful diary, which, set alongside his log book, tells the unique story of a member of the AFDU, tasked with developing operational tactics and testing captured enemy aircraft. Len provides not only an insight into training and the amazing work done by the test pilots but also into some of the most famous flyers of the RAF, with whom he worked, including Wing Commander Al Deere and Spitfire Aces SL "Paddy" Finucane, Ernie Ryder, and many others. Len’s diary for September 21 1942 records the first sighting of the feared FW190: "The pilot performed a series of quick rolls . . . metaphorically sticking up the proverbial two fingers." In May 1943 Len would be test flying the same type after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!

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Leonard Thorne was born in 1920 in the village of Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire. He studied at grammar schools in Aylesbury, Birmingham, Tewkesbury and Slough. After matriculation he joined High Duty Alloys in Slough and then moved with the company to Redditch. He joined the RAF in May 1940. Len died in 2008. His diary and log book have been collated by Gill Griffin and Barry Griffin, his daughter and his son-in-law.

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Descrizione libro The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in May 1940. After two hectic tours of operational duty as a fighter pilot (including some desperately dangerous low-level flying at Dunkirk) he was posted to AFDU (Air Fighting Development Unit) and remained there as a test pilot for the rest of the war. He flew both Allied aircraft and captured enemy planes and was a colleague of many of the fighter aces . Fortunately for us, Len kept an insightful diary, which, set alongside his log book, tells the unique story of a member of the AFDU, tasked with developing operational tactics and testing captured enemy aircraft. Len provides not only an insight into the amazing work done by the test pilots but also into some of the most famous flyers of the RAF, with whom he worked, including Wing Commander Al Deere and Spitfire Aces SL Paddy Finucane, Ernie Ryder, and many others. Len s diary for September 21 1942 records the first sighting of the feared FW190: The pilot performed a series of quick rolls.metaphorically sticking up the proverbial two fingers. In May 1943 Len would be test flying the same type after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!. Codice libro della libreria AA79780752493435

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Descrizione libro The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in May 1940. After two hectic tours of operational duty as a fighter pilot (including some desperately dangerous low-level flying at Dunkirk) he was posted to AFDU (Air Fighting Development Unit) and remained there as a test pilot for the rest of the war. He flew both Allied aircraft and captured enemy planes and was a colleague of many of the fighter `aces . Fortunately for us, Len kept an insightful diary, which, set alongside his log book, tells the unique story of a member of the AFDU, tasked with developing operational tactics and testing captured enemy aircraft. Len provides not only an insight into the amazing work done by the test pilots but also into some of the most famous flyers of the RAF, with whom he worked, including Wing Commander Al Deere and Spitfire Aces SL `Paddy Finucane, Ernie Ryder, and many others. Len s diary for September 21 1942 records the first sighting of the feared FW190: `The pilot performed a series of quick rolls.metaphorically sticking up the proverbial two fingers. In May 1943 Len would be test flying the same type after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!. Codice libro della libreria AA79780752493435

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Descrizione libro The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in May 1940. After two hectic tours of operational duty as a fighter pilot (including some desperately dangerous low-level flying at Dunkirk) he was posted to AFDU (Air Fighting Development Unit) and remained there as a test pilot for the rest of the war. He flew both Allied aircraft and captured enemy planes and was a colleague of many of the fighter `aces . Fortunately for us, Len kept an insightful diary, which, set alongside his log book, tells the unique story of a member of the AFDU, tasked with developing operational tactics and testing captured enemy aircraft. Len provides not only an insight into the amazing work done by the test pilots but also into some of the most famous flyers of the RAF, with whom he worked, including Wing Commander Al Deere and Spitfire Aces SL `Paddy Finucane, Ernie Ryder, and many others. Len s diary for September 21 1942 records the first sighting of the feared FW190: `The pilot performed a series of quick rolls.metaphorically sticking up the proverbial two fingers. In May 1943 Len would be test flying the same type after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!. Codice libro della libreria BTE9780752493435

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