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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 low-level flying at Dunkirk), he was posted to ADFU (Air Fighting Development Unit) and remained there as a test pilot for the rest of the War.

He flew both Allied 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 as well as testing captured enemy aircraft.

Len's diary for 21 September 1942 records the first sighting of the feared FW190: 'The pilot performed a series of quick rolls...metaphorically sticking up the two proverbial fingers.' In May 1943, Len would be test flying the same type of craft after one was mistakenly landed at Marston!

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