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    My father-in-law's WWII-era logbook has just resurfaced and I was surprised to find it protected in a fine RAF Blue leather case. Wondering if this was standard for all aircrew.

    He trained at No. 7 B&G School, Paulson, Manitoba, on Bolingbrokes and Ansons and then moved to 22 OTU in the UK on Wellingtons. He quotes codes in the style XN "P" and LT "D". He did not serve on ops.

    Interested to know where 22 OTU was in early 1945 and if the codes make sense. Happy to provide a copy to anyone interested although should advise that some of the 22 OTU pages have stuck together and are not accessible.

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    Hi Robert,

    I do not think so. If I remember well I have seen about 10 Log Books but no one was in case you described. In most cases Czechoslovak airmen keep them just freely (if the communist state police have not stolen them).

    Pavel
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    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hi Rob

    22 OTU was at Wellesbourne Mountford and used the codes DD,LT,OX and XN on its aircraft

    Cheers

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    According to Robertson's "Aircraft Camouflage & Markings" XN was used by 22 OTU from 1942 to 1944, and "LT" was used by 22 OTU from 1941 to 1945.

    Eddie - you beat me by 2 minutes!

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    Many thanks Pavel, Eddie and Bill.
    Robert

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    Quite eerie that I am sitting here reading this less than a mile from Wellesbourne Mountford which still operates as a private airfield and - incidentally - has a Vulcan Bomber sitting there.

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    As a collector of logbooks, I can tell you that I have never seen a case for one. I have seen one bound in deer skin and another three logs rebound into one big one, but never what you have described. Sounds quite a rarity!

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    My father had a blue leather binder or cover for his logbooks, post war with the Canadian Army (1950 to 1968). He only had one binder, and always kept in on the current log book.

    Also, Rob, would you have any serial numbers from his time at Paulson?

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