Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 9, 2018 11:33:28 GMT 12
Does anyone out there have any WWII RNZAF Flying Logbooks, that belong or belonged to RNZAF pilots, navigators, wireless operators, bomb aimers, air gunners, etc., in your personal possession?
Flying Logbooks form an invaluable resource for RNZAF researchers like myself, as they often contain information that was never recorded in the official records that have survived, like the Operations Record Books of various squadrons.
I like to collect photographic copies of such logbooks and have a small archive of these books which I have collected using my digital camera, photographing them from cover to cover.
Often when I get queries about specific people or specific aeroplanes I will dip into that collection and search through and it's amazing how many details can be found. I'm always happy to do these searches and share what info is found, as it often leads to filling gaps in history projects, or in the recent case of Bryan Cox and the Tiger Moth, it can lead to very special things!
What I am posting here for is I'd like to know can you perhaps add to my logbook photo archive by sharing photograph copies of any wartime RNZAF logbooks that you have? The more my archive expands the more I seem to find when I get these queries from researchers, aircraft owners or family members, which is great.
If you have a logbook you're willing to share, please get in touch. My email is email@example.com
Agree with the concept of photographing logbooks. When I started going through logbooks at the museum, there was no such thing as a digital camera. I transcribed a lot of information into a basic system I had, and I'm working through deciphering that information and loading it into various records. Happy to show you at some stage, Dave.
I'm half way through scanning Eric 'Rick' Tanner's logbook. Trained in NZ, went to Canada (pranged a Bolly) went to 486 Hurricanes, then Typhoons and Tempests. He shot down a few Jerry's and several V1's.
I have my fathers Log book .... Fred "Steve" Stevenson, 487 Squadron. Part of Operation Jericho. Navigator with Merv Darrall. Took out the North Wall of Amiens Prison. Can flick you a copy of the week thye carried out that raid. Have not copied whole log Book yet. Will that suffice in the meantime ?.
These are invaluable for historical research. Case in point. RAAF NAA P.51Darrived io Oz, assembled, flown to Benalla for storage, disposed of and scrapped....that according to the aircraft Status Card....then in a log book I found a pic of said Mustang at Charters Towers in Fer North Qld "returning" from a flight to New Guinea.... and this was before the end of the war....
Dave , in the BC collection we have over 50 logbooks from originals to photocopies and digital copies. Rather than list them as numbers increase each moth , if you are after details of a particular Bomber Boy give me his name and I will check to see if we have anything. Theres really a lifetime of reading in the collection especially when you sit down with the matching file of notes , letters and pictures. We also have the odd logs of some Fighter , Coastal and FEAF people as well.
National Archives (Archives NZ these days) in Wellington has a small collection of wartime aircrew logbooks. One I can recall was a chap named (from memory) Veranzoni (or similar), probably of Italian extraction, who flew in Europe, an Observer I think. David D