Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 17 Colin Smith and his flight log book from World War II

Todays paper plane instructions - good luck
Colin Smith's Air Gunner's Flight log book and other items
I am starting on a project today that will take a few posts, exactly how many I am not sure, but I will break them amongst the weeks.  It is all to do with a World War II log book belonging to the great grandfather of my three youngest.  Peter Smith, my father in-law brought over with him on his last trip some records of service including his fathers Royal Air Force Observer's and Air Gunner's Flying Log Book.

Colin Smith's Royal Air Force Identity Card and other items
Colin Arthur Smith was an Air Gunner in the Royal Air Force during World War II and served with the 8th, and 203rd Squadrons in Africa.  I have started to review the log book in detail and to match the entries against other online references, but it isn't easy finding anything official.  There is Squadron history which I can match against the dates of his service, and I will share some of this in the coming posts.

Today's photos include some of the documentation I have mentioned and a black and white photo which was inside the log book and shows what looks to be a local tribesman showing what is under his top.

On a lighter note the top photo is of today's paper plane instructions which according to Julia the master paper plane builder was the hardest to date.

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