Pilot’s Flying Log Book

Below are some scans from my father’s Log Book. I will try and add to them over time as I scan relevant sections. The first two extracts cover the Habbaniya battle in Iraq in May 1941, his first taste of action in the air when still a pupil pilot, and the second two are from Burma, and cover the day he got shot down by the (friendly) 17th Indian Division. He’s pasted a rather ironic cartoon clipping from the period into the log book.

May 1941 Pilots Log - RAF Habbaniya

May 1941 (2) Pilots Log - RAF Habbaniya

Feb 1942 Pilots Log - Burma

Feb 1942 (2) Pilots log - Burma

8 Responses to Pilot’s Flying Log Book

  1. John Engelsted says:

    Will you be adding more logbook pages soon???

    John Engelsted

  2. Hi there – had no plans to, as I was just adding pages that were significant – ie relating to particular actions. The problem is it is pretty time consuming to scan and upload. However, if you think it would be worthwhile, I will allocate some time to try and get it done!
    best wishes

  3. John Engelsted says:

    Hi. I for one would enjoy seeing the whole logbook, but especially the parts where he flew Hurricanes and Spitfire as I research these a/c and the pilots who flew them.

  4. James Dunford Wood says:

    OK, I will get them up soon, though may take me a month or so.

  5. Mark Haselden says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the details from your father’s logbooks and wartime experiences, particularly the “forgotten” battle for Habbaniyah in May 1941. I’ve been fascinated with the story of the Iraq revolt ever since reading Tony Dudgeon’s book Hidden Victory”.

    Apart from the photo of Hart trainer K4900, are serial numbers identifiable on any of the other photos? I don’t know if you have any other pics of aircraft at Habbaniyah in March/April/May 1941 but I, for one, would love to see them. The 4 FTS aircrew and groundcrew accomplished such amazing things with their rag-tag collection of training aircraft – Oxfords, Audaxes, Gordons – simply incredible!

    Thank you,

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