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Volume 7, Number 2 - 2nd Quarter 2006

LOGBOOK is a quarterly magazine covering the entire spectrum of aviation history, from the first flight to just yesterday. Civil, Military, Airline, General Aviation - We bring you the stories that have rarely or never been published before, told by the people who lived them. If the story is known, we dig to find additional information, documents and photographs to add to the knowledge about the topic. Short stories, sea stories, personal remembrances, in-depth information and simple hangar flying are the kind of unique aviation history you will find in the pages of LOGBOOK.

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The LOGBOOK

Always a popular section of LOGBOOK magazine, this is a collection of a half dozen short stories covering the span of 80 years of aviation history. Articles include the tale of a fallen Royal Flying Corps airman who is still occasionally seen around the now disused aerodrome at Montrose, Scotland. Speaking of real life spooky stuff, how about a DC-6 freighter pilot who runs into the Haitian Ton Ton Macoute – Baby Doc Duvalier’s secret police - who aren’t afraid to use a little voodoo, if necessary. On the lighter side, there are a couple of stories about the hi-jinks some aviators pull when they have a bit too much time on their hands. These and more great aviation history yarns in this installment of The LOGBOOK.
 

The 548th Night Fighter Squadron

The Northrop P-61A Black Widow - Serial Number 42-5507 The Northrop P-61A Black Widow - Serial Number 42-5507
Iwo Jima, mid-1945. The 548th Night Fighter Squadron’s first two kills were, strangely enough, actually American planes. My father’s Black Widow “MiDNiTE MiSS” – with Dad aboard as Radar Officer – got them both. On 9 June 1945, MiSS and her three crewmen – Pilot Curtis, my father R/O Arvid Shulenberger and Gunner Meech – became the only Americans ever to shoot down a B-29. But for these three men, the business of establishing oddball records in aerial combat was getting stale – after all, they’d already shot down a 548th NFS Black Widow over Iwo a few weeks earlier – also the only Americans to bag one. At least on the B-29, they’d saved the entire 10-man aircrew in the process. Everyone got out of the Widow okay, too. Just to make things perfectly clear – shortly thereafter, MiDNiTE MiSS also made the first Squadron kill of an enemy plane, and got a probable as well that same night.
by Eric Shulenberger
 

Carrier War In Alaska

A General Motors FM-2 - the Wilder Wildcat. This aircraft became the standard fighter on many escort carriers. A General Motors FM-2 - the Wilder Wildcat. This aircraft became the standard fighter on many escort carriers.
Flying close air support mission fromt the tiny flight deck of an escort aircraft carrier.
A fine skipper, from all reports, was one Captain Austin K. Doyle, and for the campaign in which his ship was destined to participate, he was a natural. His ship had started life as a C3-S-A1 hull for a merchantman, but the exigencies of war had resulted in its completion as a “jeep” carrier, the escort named USS Nassau (CVE-16), which was commissioned on 20 August 1942. The carrier had just returned from the warmer Pacific and, undoubtedly, the crew was looking forward to another trip in that direction, but someone in authority had decided to send this little ship and its complement of Wildcats to the much colder Northern Pacific.
Rhodes F. Arnold tells the story.