Log Books

Below are copies of a small selection of Log Books I have either copied or obtain during the last 20 years research into No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron. I have to date managed to copy over 60 Log Books dating from 1936 up until June 1945. These documents are for any researcher a wonderful source of primary source material and can often solve problems caused by inaccurate information recorded within the pages of the Operational Records Book or Station Records Book. Some of the more detailed Log Books give a far better insight into the individual operations flown by the crew recording details which sometimes are not recorded within the pages of the Operational Records Book. Below is an example of such an incident.

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Operation to Stettin August 29th/30th 1944, the crew of F/Lt R Ecclestone. The ORB reports that Lancaster PD259 HA-A was hit by three incendiaries which caused a fire.

This is a copy of F/Lt Ron Ecclestone’s Log Book. Not a great scan sadly, but gives a real insight into what must have been a traumatic operation. I would like to thank Kit Ecclestone for providing copies of his fathers war-time log book.

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Note that the crew were attacked on three occasions by night fighters, twice from behind and once from head-on, both front and rear gunners claiming hits. Also note that Ron reports four incendiary bombs hit the aircraft. The Lancaster was also hit by flak and a flak ship resulting in a “ropey” landing. !

If you have a copy of a No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Log Book please consider either scanning or photo copying the Log Book and sending it to the association for inclusion into the archives or sharing with fellow relatives or researchers on this blog. THANK YOU

The Log Book below that of  Sergeant Don Moore who flew as a Flight Engineer on Avro Lancaster’s from RAF Chedburgh, Suffolk.

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The Log Book below is that of Canadian rear gunner Sergeant W L McKinnon RCAF survivor of a night fighter encounter while attacking Turin on August 16th 1943. Short Stirling Mk.III EH884 HA-X of “B” Flight was attacked and shot down by Oblt Hans Kulow of 9./NJG4.

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The Log Book below is that of former Sergeant Henry Butt, navigator. This Log Book records operations both pre-war and during the Phoney War flying the Fairey Battle. Henry Butt survived the war and reached the rank of Squadron Leader.

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