WWII NAVAL AVIATOR FLIGHT LOGBOOKS
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Posted 26 April 2015 - 10:31 AM
Here is my family's Aviator Logbook of my uncle, Lt. William R Larson of Hanks, North Dakota. He was a SOC pilot on the USS Nashville, served during the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, and later a TBF pilot with VC 38 over the Solomon Islands while island hopping from Guadalcanal and Munda. He was MIA during transport plane crash returning from 7 day R&R in Sydney, Australia on Dec 27 1943. The bombing photo is of Kara Airfield bombing 31 October 1943. William's plane was one of the 24 TBFs that attacked that day.
Posted 25 June 2015 - 07:55 PM
Names/Bureau Numbers listed in your logbook March 1942. Killed 4 June 1942 attacking the Japanese carrier Soryu at Midway Lt(jg) Campbell (NAP 1930). Lt R. A. Moore. Aviation Pilot First Class R. B. Miles (NAP 1939), and Ensign U. M. Moore. Crewmen killed 4 June: Maffei, Pettry, Calkins, Clark, Creasey, Sawhill, Bibb. TBD-1 Bureau Numbers/pilots and Crewmen 4 June: T-16 1506 Commanding Officer Lcdr John C. Waldron/H.F. Dobbs, T-7 0284 Ensign J. P. Gray/M. A. Calkins, T-3 0297 Ensign W. R. Evans Jr/R. E. Bibb Jr, T-5 0308 Lt.(jg) Jeff Woodson (NAP 1930)/O. D. Creasy Jr, T-10 1509 Ensign H. R. Kenyon Jr/D.I. Clark, T-13 0372 Ensign W. W. Abercrombie/B. P. Phelps. The name Schauer? not listed in Torpedo 8 roster 1 June 1942 (there was a Walter Schauer NAP 1938 died 1986. Fayle was in hospitital/Hawaii with a knife wound to leg (thought by some to be self inflicted). Fayle was replaced on the flight schedule by NAP Miles. Lt's Junior Grade Woodson and Campbell had been Naval Aviation Pilots (NAP) with many years flying experience second only to Skipper Waldron (Naval Aviator 1927). They had only recently fleeted up from Chief Aviation Pilot 21 March 1942. Chief Aviation Pilot Cambell flew 7 & 9 March, Lt(jg) Campbell flew 24 March. Sources:General knowledge backed with "TBD Devastator Units of The US Navy" Barret Tillman, "Sole Survivor" George Gay, "A Dawn Like Thunder" Robert J. Mrazek and various NAP material. With additional and enlightening information uncovered and in print in last few years-I believe Lcdr Waldron should have been/be awarded the Medal of Honor. Commander Waldron, a Salute Sir, Fair Winds and Following Seas for you and the gallant men of Torpedo 8!
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Posted 26 June 2015 - 08:00 AM
This logbook belonged to MSgt R F Kennedy of VMSB-243
Multiple NAP reference material: Cannot locate a NAP R. F. Kennedy prior to 1946. VMSB-243 website photograph of pilots discloses Raymond F. Kennedy as Executive Officer to the Commanding Officer, Major Joseph Kean (Kean took over squadron 1 October 1944). Same website has a photograph of Kennedy wearing a ballcap with what appears to be Captain's bars. There are 4 Kennedy names in Naval Aviation Pilot rosters-Navy Harold L. NAP 1945, Marine Jack A. NAP 1947, Marine Raymond F. NAP 1946, and Navy William F. 1947.
Posted 03 July 2015 - 08:47 PM
Logbook for Marine Naval Aviation Pilot Lee Clark (NAP 1930). Nicaragua Marine, killed along with passenger Private Richard Campbell in crash of Curtiss O2C-1 Bureau Number 8756 23 March 1931 at Corinto. Corporal when logbook started, listed elsewhere as Staff Sergeant at time of death. Logbook stamps as "Aircraft Squadrons, 2nd Brigade, U.S.M.C. Managua, Nicaragua"
Any new ones out there?
Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:13 AM
My Dad was a USMC Naval Airman January 1943 2nd Lieutenant
He served in the South Pacific theater through 1946 and the Korea Conflict through 1954
He flew TBF and TBM -1 through 3E, Hellcat F6F-5n Corsair F4U-4, B25-J, C47 and R4D-5 in the SP theater
He was assigned to HMX-1 in 1947 with VMO-6 in 1947 through 1954
I am looking for a definition of two phrases he uses in his logbook remarks section during SP operations
1) GROUP GRIND referencing TBM flights (cannot find any internet reference to "group grind" other than video gaming)
2) 2AS and 6AS referencing TBM flights (number denotes hours? anti-submarine or assault Support?)
I wish to thank you in advance for any light you can shed on these logbook terms
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 04:16 PM
This thread hasnt had any new logbooks added in a while ( I'm guilty of that) so I thought I would share this one that I picked up a few months ago.
Its to a Radioman Gunner with VT-45 on the USS San Jacinto. Its the same ship George Bush served on, but not the same squadron,
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