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    Pending investigation after an accident what is meant by the reccomendation that
    'The pilots Log Book should be endorsed green' ??

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    Chris

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    Hi Chris, i'm sure one of the experts will correct me if i am wrong, but i take it to mean that he was to be commended for dealing with a situation well.

    Red endorsements were made in a log book if an accident was found to be caused by a pilot for example neglecting to keep an eye on his fuel, running out and having to force land.
    A green endorsement would be made if a pilot dealt with a situation well, for example an engine failure caused by technical failure and the pilot then making a forced landing in difficult terrain, saving the aircraft from serious damage and himself.

    I'm happy to be corrected though!

    Cheers, Tom

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    Chris,

    Tom is correct in his interpretation of 'green' and 'red' endorsements. Needless to say the latter was more common than the former!

    Errol

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    Maybe it is just an RCAF thing, but in all the mentions of log book endorsements in this country, I have only seen what the previous posts call "red" endorsements. The RCAF records just refer to "endorsements", and they are not a good thing.

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    Herewith, a couple of examples of Green Endorsements, from 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999':

    JAY, Flight Lieutenant Walter Edward.
    NZ425397; Born Auckland, 2 Dec 1924; RNZAF 30 May 1942 to (kaa) 25 Jun 1945; Pilot.
    Flying Log Book - Green Endorsement: [37 Sqn RAF (Wellington)] On 1st November, 1944, Flying Officer Jay was detailed to drop supplies in Yugoslavia and in climbing away from the target approximately one third of the fabric on the mainplane outboard of the starboard engine stripped off. Flying Officer Jay quickly regained control of the aircraft and with great skill flew it around the high ground in the vicinity. Great difficulty was experienced in handling the aircraft on the return journey, but in spite of this Flying Officer Jay flew the aircraft back to base and did an excellent landing.
    Fg Off Jay was promoted to Flt Lt on 25 Jun 1945, the day he died when his 614 Sqn RAF Mosquito crashed at sea on a flight from Amendola, Italy, to Malta. His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Malta Memorial. Post-war, when his effects were returned to NZ, it was noted that an entry had been made in his diary regarding the award of a mention in despatches, presumably for the incident recorded above. No record of such an award could be found, however. His Green Endorsement is the only one recorded in this book awarded for operational service.

    BRABYN, Group Captain George Robert, AFC.
    NZ1065 & 70049; Born New Plymouth, 20 Nov 1916; RNZAF 14 Jun 1939 to (das) 31 Mar 1968; Pilot.
    Hon Aide-de-Camp to HE Governor-General 1 Apr 1949 to 31 Mar 1950.
    Flying Log Book - Green Endorsement (25 Aug 1947) Flight Lieutenant Brabyn was the pilot of Mosquito RS599 engaged on a delivery flight to New Zealand. After approximately one and threequarter hours flying after taking off from Malta for Nicosia, the oil pressure on his starboard motor began to fluctuate and almost immediately there was a grating noise and the revs increased to 4600. Flt Lt Brabyn throttled back and managed to feather the propeller at the second attempt, the cockpit meanwhile being filled with smoke and considerable vibration was being experienced. He set course for El Adem on one engine but in spite of carrying our normal single engined procedure and jettisoning his overload tanks gradually lost height from 8,500 ft. to 700 ft. which height he managed to maintain to the African coast where the hot air currents from the desert enabled him to climb to 1,500 ft. He was now in sight of El Adem and as his port engine temperatures were off the gauges he told the tower he was going straight in to land. He carried out a successful wheels down landing without any damage to the aircraft. Flt Lt Brabyn displayed great presence of mind and very good airmanship under very adverse conditions.
    Citation Air Force Cross (NY1949): During his service career this officer has at all times displayed great keenness, efficiency and general capability in all forms of flying. He has proved to be a first class instructor and has imparted a high standard of skill to his pupils during the 3,400 hours he has flown as an Instructor. Since the cessation of hostilities Squadron Leader Brabyn has carried out two delivery flights of Mosquito aircraft from the United Kingdom to New Zealand. On one of these occasions an engine failure necessitated a long flight with one engine, under most difficult conditions. Throughout his career this officer has set an example of efficiency, enthusiasm and devotion to duty and has proved an inspiration to all pilots serving with him. Squadron Leader Brabyn has now flown 4,160 hours of which 115 have been flown in the last 6 months.
    Died Auckland, 31 Mar 1968.

    Errol

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    Errol & Tom,

    Thanks for that, cleared it up for me

    Chris

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