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Viking Spitfire: The Story of Finn Thorsager Hardcover – 21 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Tor Idar Larsen has a bachelor's degree in Pedagogy and a minor in media production. His bachelor's degree involved post-modernity philosophy with a connection to World War 2 fighter pilots. Larsen also released a 36-page booklet on another Norwegian Spitfire pilot, Leif Lundsten. He maintains and writes for his own website www.spitfirepilots.com and is an active community member on aviation forums such as the very popular Flypast boards. Viking Spitfire tells for the first time how the forgotten Norwegian fighter pilots greatly contributed towards the RAF and the war effort.
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In 1942, Thorsager was based at North Weald, Essex, where he flew dangerous missions over enemy occupied France and also took part in the infamous raid on Dieppe where the Allies suffered a bloody nose by a superior German defender. It was during this mission that Thorsager engaged several Fw 190s, a fighter that had a distinct edge over the Spitfire in terms of punch and performance. On another such dangerous mission to St Omer, Thorsager and fellow pilots said goodbye to each other as it was considered to be suicidal.
Thorsager became a major and squadron leader in 1943 where he had a one-to-one fight with a Fw 190 over Vlissingen. In 1944, he relocated to St. Andrews, flying as a Lodestar captain on a dangerous civilian route between Scotland and Sweden. He had several close shaves flying the Lockheed L-18 Lodestar transport aircraft, and was also attacked by a deadly Arado 234 jet fighter over Norway.Thorsager survived the war, and stayed in the air as an airline captain until his retirement in 1976.
Viking Spitfire is a brilliant read by a talented writer, with a collection of some wonderful photographs. This book is a 'must' for your collections.
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