Walt’s Pilot Log 1944-45

Memories from an airman. I also wanted to show you his letters, but they can not be reblogged. A great site to investigate for yourselves!

The Letters Project

Almost as soon as I declared that I hadn’t seen a pilot log that continued from the first one, I picked up a little notebook that served as a log for the remainder of 1944 and 1945 up to September. It notes the first time Walt flew a P-51, described in all caps as WONDERFULL, and even notes the date when Walt was shot down!

Mostly, it’s just a record of locations, aircraft, and hours flown. At the top of the first page, Walt lists his total time as 592:15 hours. That’s a lot of hours.

The two log books are very different in design, the second one being a small notebook that would fit easily in a pocket, although I suspect it stayed behind during flights and didn’t, for example, go into the water with Walt in January 1945.

  • The first book, from Walt’s stateside training, is leather-bound with…

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Posted on October 27, 2018, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Notitieboekje’s zijn altijd een ondersteuning van de geschiedenis en dus ook belangrijk

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  2. Thanks for the link, G. I’ve been through Peggy’s dad’s pilot log from WW II. Interesting. Our son, Tony, has inherited it since he is the Marine/Coast Guard pilot in our family. -Curt

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  3. Thanks for the reblog, GP. Very interesting.

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  4. Thank you GP! A good way getting deeper in the personalities of the servants. I remember only my own military service, and during three days in the nature i felt lying in the fields of Stalingrad. .-( This with best clothes and medic care. Best wishes for the weekend. Michael

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  5. Kudos to you for knowing what you couldn’t reblog. I cringe when I see what some people post. The creators cringe too I’m sure.

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    • Thank you for inviting me. I must have missed the invitation when I read your FANTASTIC post!! I sorta got caught up in remembering the movies and such. Hope I gave you a suitable link.

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  7. Apart from the content of the post itself, her blog has some useful links, including one on the preservation of letters that I saved. Thanks for directing us there; I left a comment on her post, too.

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  8. Thanks for the link, GP. I will check out more of the site.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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