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Volume 8, Number 4 - 4th Quarter 2007

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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Chief Blanketass and His Mustangs

A North American P-51H-10-NA - S/N 44-64507 - assigned to the 169th FS. A North American P-51H-10-NA - S/N 44-64507 - assigned to the 169th FS.
On 24 May 1946, the 304th Fighter Squadron was reformed and redesignated the 169th Fighter Squadron (Single Engine) – abbreviated as 169th FS(SE) – and allotted to the Illinois National Guard. Their first organizational meeting took place on 7 December 1946, when twelve Army Air Forces veterans met to discuss the possibility of forming the new National Guard fighter squadron at Peoria, Illinois. In early 1947, recruiting commenced in earnest, with the first formation of personnel conducted in a Peoria high school. Later, the second formation was held at the Peoria National Guard Armory. Here, the fledgling fighter squadron received a room and a typewriter. Funds were so scarce that the squadron had to buy their own typewriter ribbon.
David R. McLaren tells of the first years of the 169th FS(SE), when the squadron flew the North American P-51 Mustang. Although it was often a confusing time, the flying was always exciting.

 

One of My Most Memorable Missions

Lieutenant Roman Ohnemus smiles from the cockpit of his North American B-25 Mitchell, circa 1944. Lieutenant Roman Ohnemus smiles from the cockpit of his North American B-25 Mitchell, circa 1944.
This is an account of one of my most memorable missions – a single-ship, low level, night bombing mission over Clark Field in the Philippines on 28 December 1944…
So begins Roman Ohnemus’ story about what should have been an aborted mission to bomb Clark Field in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, the other North American B-25 Mitchell bombers assigned to that raid actually did abort. Unaware of the abort call, and unaware that he and his crew were now going it alone, Ohnemus relates the details of this memorable mission. This is great reading.
 

A True Labor of Love - De Havilland DH-4M-2

The Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum's rare DH-4M-2. The Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum's rare DH-4M-2.
Al Stix, Director of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum tells the story of the discovery of this rare bird: “I was sitting in my office one day, when Bud Dake called. He was looking at Trade-a Plane on-line saying there was a picture of a biplane for sale. The legend only said, ‘Large Antique Biplane for Sale.’ I went on the web that night, and, sure enough, there were pictures of what looked like a DH-4, but you could not really make sure of it.
In fact, the aircraft was a de Havilland DH-4M-2. However, as far as the Federal Aviation Administration is concerned this aircraft is a homebuilt. Ace Photographer Gilles Auliard, along with Don Parsons, tells the story of this rather unique biplane.