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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask for some questions connected with the Log Books.

    1. I suppose that the Log Book was property of the RAF or the His Majesty.

    2. If an airman became missing, where his Log Book was posted? to a special depository or with the personal belongings? There are cases that the Log Book was posted to the relatives...

    3. If the pilot returned from the captivity he got his log book back or got the new one?

    So generally was there any rule how to treat Log Books of missing aircrew?

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    A friend of mine was RAFVR pilot who evaded capture during 1941. When he finally returned to the UK his logbook was missing. With his logbook missing it was very hard for him to prove his flying experience when he was posted to flying units. So he was forced to start a completely new logbook, as it was almost impossible for him to remember or prove his old flying experience !

    Mark

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    Hi Pavel,
    Of the pilots that I was interested in, those who were POWs had their logbooks returned after they were repatriated and some were POWs a long time. The others, missing, killed etc, their logbooks are missing.
    I believe it has been stated before, the RAF kept all logbooks until the 1960s. Relatives were asked to apply for them. Of those left, a small number went to, I think the RAF Museum while the rest were destroyed.

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    "I believe it has been stated before, the RAF kept all logbooks until the 1960s. Relatives were asked to apply for them. Of those left, a small number went to, I think the RAF Museum while the rest were destroyed."

    Correct, except for 'RAF Museum' read National Archives. Any log books the Museum holds were by the way of private donation.

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,
    Thanks for the correction....

    Best Wishes.
    Robert.

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    Thaks to all for the comments.

    Pavel
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