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A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to AFDU - the Diary and Log Book of Test Pilot [Hardcover]

H. Leonard Thorne , Gill Griffin , Barry Griffin
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2 Sep 2013
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!

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd (2 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752493434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752493435
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unusual Air War 20 Oct 2013
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Having sat with Len and listened to some of the contents of his flying Log book and some of his exploites, it was not until I read his book that I realised what a debt this country owed to this Man. THis is a fasinating read and congratulations to both Gill and Barry for getting it published
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unusual Air War 19 Oct 2013
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I had the very great honour of knowing this man for around twenty five years.
I knew he was in the RAF during the Second World War. I knew he flew Spitfires. What I did not know was that he flew virtually every plane that was going, including captured German Fighters.
This book co-written by his daughter and son in law, from his Logs and Notes is a must.It is the enthralling story of the exploits and experiences of a young pilot, eventually finishing up as a Test Pilot.
I am only sorry that the book came out after he died....and he was unable to sign it!
Enthralling reading, and difficult to put down until the last page is read.
A brilliant 'Tenners' worth!
A most unassuming man with hidden talents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A biased view but honest 18 Oct 2013
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As daughter of Len Thorne and editor of his book I have to admit to bias. However, I firmly believe that this is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in personal stories from WW11. I have had wonderful feedback from friends and acquaintances who have read it and enjoyed it. I also think that those interested in the role of AFDU will be happy to find the information that the book provides.
Two weeks ago I received a letter from an ex-WAAF who was in the Operations Room at Duxford at the time AFDU was there. She is now 93 years old. Her comment is "Thank you for sending me your father's book - I enjoyed it very much, especially reading about him and Cappy Lane, 'Wimpy' Wade and others. It brought back many happy memories."
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5.0 out of 5 stars History at its very best. 17 Oct 2013
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History at its very best, what a magnificent read.

It is so detailed and informative that I felt that I was there myself.

How brave those guys were. I recommend this book to all.
Let me take off my hat and raise a glass, to Len Thorne and his pioneering comrades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it. 15 Oct 2013
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I knew the author well, and did not realise he had such an adventurous life. He certainly was a brave man.
A good read, well worth purchasing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put my Kindle down 3 Oct 2013
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This book was written by my Great Uncle. I had heard him and my Father talking about their flying exploits during World War II and not listened very much when growing up. Having now read my Great Uncle's book - how I wish I had paid more attention! I couldn't put my Kindle down. Anything that was technical was explained so that even I could understand it and, although my part of the family were mentioned, it is my Great Uncle's own story and style that keep you riveted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to AFDU - the Diary and Log Book...
This book is an excellent read and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in WW2 and RAF history in general it is hugely informative and covering all the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ed Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unusual Christmas Gift for my Father ~ Bill Hayward
When I heard about this book from my friend Barry Griffin, I was intrigued.

My Father, who was born during early 1939, is a keen military aviation enthusiast & a former... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to AFDA
This book is brilliant and excellent value for money. My friend is mentioned in this book 3 times which drew my attention to the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. H. D. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars a very unusual war
I knew the author when he was compiling the manual.and thought it would be interesting to read of the detailed action that actually took place.
Published 7 months ago by trevor lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You to Them All
This was a very informative and emotional insight into a life and time that many of us will never experience from a very brave man and his friends.
Published 10 months ago by Mr P A Windebank
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unusual Air War by a very amazing man!!!
This is my grandfather's book so, obviously, I love it and we are all so proud to finally see his book in print :-)
Published 10 months ago by rohalu
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