WWII USAAF B-24 AVIATOR'S FLIGHT LOG BOOK - 50 MISSIONS OVER EUROPE - RARE BOOK For Sale
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WWII USAAF B-24 AVIATOR'S FLIGHT LOG BOOK - 50 MISSIONS OVER EUROPE - RARE BOOK:
You are offerding on an a very exceptionalWWII USAAF B-24 AVIATOR'S FLIGHT LOG BOOK - 50 MISSIONS OVER EUROPE - RARE BOOK! This is the WWII experience of a young pilot from Santa Barbara CA who joined the USAAF during WWII. He bought his own log book which is a blue hard cover with gold imprinting. The front shows a swooping eagle and the wording in an unfurled ribbon "U.S.ARMY AIR FORCE" and in it's claws a ribbon with the Latin phrase "ALIS VOLAT PROPRIIS" (She flies with her own wings). The pilot's name is imprinted on the L/R corner. The book measures 5 1/2" X 7 1/2". The log book starts in 1943 at the CAl-AERO Flight Academy, Ontario, CA. (USAAF contract school). He began training in a Stearman PT-13B. He later trained on a Cessna AT-17. In late 1943 he was transferred to Davis-Monthan Field in Tucson AZand and began his training in B-24s (H, D, E and J models). In December 1943 he was assigned to the 465th Bomb Group 15th Air Force. By January 1944 he was assigned his plane "Old Dutch Cleanser" and flew (hopped) eventually getting to his base in Italy. From there he flew 50 combat missions which are all noted and numbered. A typical Airman, he noted on each flight observations such as "Heavy Flak" "Lost Engine" "Good Bombing" and noted the loss of friends and things such as mid-air collisions in formation (16 men lost). The 50th mission (August 28th 1944) is noted with "FINITO!". The next entry in his flight log is a practice flight in a B-25 at Lubbock, Texas. And we bet he was glad to get there. The book is in terrific shape, the pages are intact, no staining, tears or major damage. The first and last blank pages have some holes, but that is all. We have had a lot of these flight logs but this one is the best and the only 50 mission one we have ever had. We really enjoyed reading it from cover to cover and so will you.
His bomber, "Old Dutch Cleanser" and its crew are specifically mentioned in the non-fiction account of the 465th entitled "MISSING IN ACTION"by Gene F. Moxley which is available on the Internet and on .The pilot, Samuel Fong, was mustered out, given the Air Medal, and went to CAL-TECH on the GI Bill. He graduated and became an electrical engineer, married, had two daughters and lived a peaceful life in Sacramento CA. Like a lot of vets who saw combat, he rarely spoke of it and when he returned home, put his military gear away and got on with his life. A great story.
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