Crew Logbooks

Apart from photographs, the aircrews log book is perhaps the most personal memory of their operational career and latterly of an individual.

Missing or killed in action, personal effects, including the log book(s) would be held before being passed to next of kin. This seems to have been rather a hit or miss affair with the RAF – some would receive the log book, others wouldn’t be so lucky.

It is said that by 1959, these unclaimed logbooks covered some 6500 feet of shelving. It was decided that representative samples would be preserved in the Public Record Office and the remainder destroyed at the end of 1960. This decision was announced in the Press and a number of people claimed logbooks. But the vast majority were destroyed.

4 thoughts on “Crew Logbooks

  1. cheryl russell

    I’ve just came by my grandfather alan richardsons logbooks. Here was a flight engineer on the lancaster and flew under flight officer clements, sadly he came home safely but died of septicemia (blood poisoning) its starting to be an interesting journey.


  2. Mark Jones

    Could u please have any information on my great uncle William Clough 75th nz squadron, he was a radio operator from rawmash, south Yorkshire, england born between 1924 to 1926. Would like to find out what he did during his time. Anything would be great full thank you


  3. Margaret Aitchison Palmer-Brown

    Desperately seeking a picture of P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison RCAF ( att to 75 Squdn RAF) Air Obs service no J4782. KIA on 15 September 1941 in a Wellington.



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