Episode III – Test Pilot
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6th June 1943, a different life for Captain Leif Lundsten begins. After 21 months of active service flying Spitfires in 331, it was time for a long waited leave. There was however hardly any time for rest; it was war and Leif was needed to fill a crucial role in the ever expanding RAF. Join him in the dangers of test flying, the thrill of acrobatics and the unique experience to fly one of the first Griffon-powered Mk XIV’s.
Geir Tore Gravdal captured the moment NSF board member Eskil Amdal took off with the restored F-108 Starfighter from Bodø this evening at approx 17:30 CET. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project, and to Eskil!
Cato Guhnfeldts epic release of seven (!!) gigantic books about No. 331 and 332 Squadrons operations during WWII. The collection is a MUST to anyone interested in the Norwegian Spitfire squadrons heroic wartime efforts. The books are in Norwegian language with added English captions and summaries. The photographic collection are enough of its own to buy this amazing set of books. Haugenbok.no (link above) offers free shipping which comes in handy with thick books like this.
Spitfire ace Helner Grundt Spangs own take on the mental strain he and his fellow Spitfire pilots went through during WWII as well as in post-war Norway. The book is in Norwegian language and available to read free via the link above.
This in-depth book follows Leif Lundstens amazing career as a wartime Spitfire pilot, from the early days in Scotland, through his magnificent time as a Spitfire test-pilot to leading 331 Squadron over the Normandie beaches in June 1944. In English language,
Svein Heglund; Høk over Høk (1997)
The topscoring Norwegian Spitfire ace tells his story of combat and flying during WWII in his own words. In Norwegian language.
Finn Thorsager of 331 Squadrons story flying Gladiators, Spitfires and Lockheed Lodestars. Partly Thorsagers own words combined with an easy-to-read present tense writing form makes this a good introduction to the subject. In English language, but also in Norwegian language under the title Gladiator; Finn Thorsager, fra jagerpilot til flykaptein (2009)