Get A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to the AFDU--The Diary PDF

By Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin

ISBN-10: 0752497286

ISBN-13: 9780752497280

The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in may perhaps 1940. After traumatic 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 combating improvement Unit) and remained there as a try pilot for the remainder of the warfare. He flew either Allied airplane and captured enemy planes and used to be a colleague of the various fighter 'aces'. thankfully for us, Len stored an insightful diary, which, set along his log e-book, 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 means of the try pilots but additionally 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 documents the 1st sighting of the scary FW190: 'The pilot played a sequence of fast rolls... metaphorically sticking up the proverbial fingers.' In may possibly 1943 Len will be flying a similar variety after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!

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The chaotic situation the Then there was indecision, delay, Marines now saw had its roots in the events of the preceding day, 11 August. Without opposition, the 5th RCT had advanced just As a result, part of the regiment went through the pass that night, and part stopped at Pongam-ni. With his command thus split up, five miles from where it had start- and with enemy fire falling on the ed at the infamous road junction to a small village called Pongamni. The 555th "Triple Nickel" and supply route to his rear, Ordway was in a difficult situation.

Company A attacked repeatedly, trying to reach the battalion's objective on the left: the tops of Hills 117 and 143. It proved impos41 sible, in spite of very aggressive leadership by the officers (and gunnery sergeants who replaced them as they fell). The company empty magazine out, stuck it in my jacket pocket, loaded 82mm mortar fire landed and raised my BAR to my off the ground, my helmet shoulder. Before I got it all the could get only part way up the way up, red dirt kicked up in flew off.

Things were pretty hot, and Tobin noticed one of the runners shaking like an old Model-T Ford. He asked the Marine what was wrong and the boy replied that he was scared. " Just then the enemy machine gunner got the range and was really kicking up the water and mud around them. Tobin turned to the runner and quickly added, "I see your point now. 2-inch mortars, and As 11 August drew to a close, Taplett, after nearly being shot by From the hills ahead and on either battalion artillery, the rest of the battalion cleaned the enemy off one hill after another in a hard side of the road all hell broke four-hour battle.

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