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By Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin

The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in may perhaps 1940. After anxious excursions of operational responsibility as a fighter pilot (including a few desperately harmful low-level flying at Dunkirk) he used to be published to AFDU (Air struggling with improvement Unit) and remained there as a try out pilot for the remainder of the battle. He flew either Allied airplane and captured enemy planes and was once a colleague of the various fighter 'aces'. thankfully for us, Len saved 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 fantastic paintings performed via the try pilots but in addition into one of 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 files the 1st sighting of the dreaded FW190: 'The pilot played a sequence of quickly rolls... metaphorically sticking up the proverbial fingers.' In might 1943 Len will be flying a similar variety after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!

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Tracer—and with the four unseen ball rounds They may have started off like that, but the night which accompanied each tracer round. That was was to see heavy fighting on all positions. one A-4 which did not make it home, although On Mt. , who had dug Marines and two RN ratings. themselves in among the crags and who used their The Argentine estimates of the losses caused at night snipers very effectively. The capture of the Fitzroy were greatly inflated, and the Ministry of feature cost 3 Para 17 dead and 40 wounded.

Machine guns in support. The battalion was committed to a threephase assault consisting of company attacks on different parts of the feature. As Left Flank Coy. moved forward from the G Coy. position it took casualties from enemy mortars, machine guns and snipers; there was also some shelling of G Coy. and battalion headquarters. Left Flank were caught in a difficult position, with high rocks on each side and only a 50-metre wide valley in front. Capt. W. D. Nicol, the RA FOO with the lead company, brought down heavy fire on the enemy—a task made difficult by the fact that the two sides were only 100 metres apart in pitch darkness.

The Argentines campaign, and the results which flowed from them, had food available in Stanley, but it was not have borne out this lesson yet again. brought forward to outlying positions. The soldiers who invaded the Falklands were Scots Guards bring in Argentine prisoners from capturing an island and an idea; the men who Tumbledown; note the bulk of the IWS—individual weapon sight—a passive night vision device. Argentine equivalents liberated them were less concerned with the country were smaller, lighter, and handier.

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