By Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin
The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in might 1940. After tense excursions of operational responsibility as a fighter pilot (including a few desperately harmful low-level flying at Dunkirk) he was once published to AFDU (Air scuffling with improvement Unit) and remained there as a try out pilot for the remainder of the warfare. He flew either Allied plane and captured enemy planes and used to be a colleague of a number of the fighter 'aces'. thankfully for us, Len stored an insightful diary, which, set along his log publication, tells the original tale of a member of the AFDU, tasked with constructing oeprational strategies and checking out captured enemy airplane. Len presents not just an perception into the fantastic paintings performed by way of the attempt pilots but in addition into probably the most recognized 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 chain of fast rolls... metaphorically sticking up the proverbial fingers.' In may perhaps 1943 Len will be flying a similar variety after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!
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Consequently, histori- Many Paths to the Tensaw / 35 ans have long left genealogy to amateurs, to those history a¤cionados often portrayed as family eccentrics who zealously search cemeteries and archival collections for the least traces of obscure, and sometimes dubious, ancestors. That is, historians largely disdained genealogy until recently, thinking this sort of indiscriminate fact-gathering an inef¤cient and inadequate way to plumb the historical essence of a life or an epoch. Lately, though, some historians are reexamining genealogical research methods and ¤nding them particularly appropriate to the study of small-scale communities where people interacted face-to-face on a daily basis.
Most were young, like twenty-six-year-old Nehemiah Page, who would survive the battle at Fort Mims and eventually become a wealthy rancher in the Republic of Texas. Guarded by this garrison were over 200 free residents of the Tensaw, white and métis families, exempli¤ed by Vicey McGirth (former wife of Alexander McGillivray), who, with her ¤ve daughters, would survive the battle and ensuing seven-month captivity to return to her home in the Tensaw. All were friends and neighbors of old Samuel Mims, who had come to the Creek country three decades before as a retired trader.
11 Decades later, an acquaintance of William Weatherford jotted down William’s recollection that his father Charles Weatherford had come with Samuel Mims to the Upper Creek towns following the Revolution, after Mims had spent some time in the employ of George Galphin, a prominent trader operating out of Silver Bluff, South Carolina. During the war Galphin served as rebel agent to the Creeks, actively promoting the patriot cause until his death in 1780. 15 In January 1788 he married another Americano, Hannah Rains of St.
A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to the AFDU--The Diary and Log Book of Test Pilot Leonard Thorne, 1940-45 by Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin