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soleil

War Hero
Can you help Fleet Air Arm Historians tell the story of the Fleet Air Arm?

The team are looking for WW2 aircrew logbooks (pilot, observer and telegraphist/air gunner) to include in the updated book 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 and 1945', the original edition of which is now 25 years old.

Most fliers who survived the war kept hold of their logs; the books of those killed in action eventually ended up in the War Office’s document warehouse in Middlesex until the beginning of the 60s when a clear-out prompted some families to claim logs, but with hundreds more being pulped including, it is thought, those once belonging to Bismarck chase/Channel Dash hero Lieutenant Commander Eugene Esmonde VC DSO.

Over the years the FAA historians have pored over more than 2,000 such examples to help their research and are hopeful many more are still out there.

The team are also keen to see logs – or copies – from post-war fliers from Suez and Malaya through the Falklands to Afghanistan, as well as long-running SAR duties in the UK to build up the knowledge base for future naval aviation reference books.

Personal photos featuring wartime aircraft are also sought to help make this the most comprehensive book on the subject.

The team can be contacted via [email protected]
 

Waspie

War Hero
I think Lee Howard and co have just about asked every aviation source known to man!!!
They are interested in any and all aircrew log books as they can fill in gaps in aviation and aircraft knowledge!!
 
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