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    Default Flying Logbooks

    Hello. 431 Squadron did not note any 2nd Dickie trips in the ORB during the Wellington period. It seems the only way to correct this issue is with a logbook. Would anyone know if any of these are out there or have a lead on any? Below a partial list of RAF pilots. Some pilots survived the war, others not

    Wynyard-Wright.BAQ 89802
    Hall.CH 80550
    Hine.DA 118483
    Smith.KW 182439
    Avery.JV 1041908
    Eaglesham.WD 148443
    Morton.J 159046
    Wilkinson.HHV 110542
    Esdale.J 160680
    Haynes.LJ 146865
    Sullivan.RD 146874

    Thanks, Richard

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    Default Re: Flying Logbooks

    While the majority of surviving RAF Flying Log Books are in private hands, now mainly family but also private collectors, see for example this recent thread and its various links re the various holdings of
    [] the International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive,
    and
    [] the collections of the Imperial War Museum, National Archives UK, and RAF Museum:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ional-Archives

    Some of the discussion is also included/repeated/linked in
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...being-screened

    As noted there, it is unfortunate that only a selection of RAF Flying Log Books survive in UK collections, though for what seemed sound reasons at the time and only after serious effort to return them to family decades ago, recounted here: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/researc...-logbooks.aspx
    The adverts were seen as far afield as Aus, I recall from prior aircrew corresp.

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    Last edited by Don Clark; 5th January 2021 at 06:03.
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    Further to RAF aircrew Flying Log Book retention and destruction as noted by RAF Museum
    https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/researc...crew-logbooks/

    From a recent publication, I was most interested to learn of not one but two serious efforts at returning retained Log Books: the first in January 1946 and then again in 1960.

    The details are described at length in Ch 17 of RAF World War II Operational and Flying Accident Casualty Files in the National Archives: Exploring the Contents by Mary Hudson (Air World/Pen & Sword 2020)

    Impossible* to transcribe from an ebook copy, the text covers Flying Log Book retention and return policy, and action to return to survving ex-aircrew and casualties from pre-war to post-war.

    The book is a comprehensive guide to the RAF & MRES etc practices and recording of RAF casualties.
    Available in print and ebook form via eg www.Booktopia.com.au also listed new & used at www.boookfinder.com - or check national libraries/interlibrary loan in your country.

    * See companion post for Ch17 details http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...379#post165379
    Last edited by Don Clark; 17th September 2021 at 01:09.
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