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Volume 9, Number 4 - 4th Quarter 2008

LOGBOOK is a quarterly magazine covering the entire spectrum of international aviation history, from the first tentative attempts at flight, to history that was made just yesterday.

LOGBOOK is a distinctive publication in the field of aviation history. At LOGBOOK we certainly enjoy bringing you in-depth articles written by some of the world’s premier aviation historians. More importantly, however, we also enjoy working with, actively encouraging and publishing the first-time, one-time and fledgling author. These are the folks who actually lived the aviation history they are writing about, which lets the reader experience the action from a unique perspective. This allows LOGBOOK to bring you aviation history you will find no other place.

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Memories of First Lieutenant Robert J. Nachel - Part 1

We are pleased to present the memoirs of Robert Nachel, which he penned several years after the war. A special thanks goes to his daughter Robin for providing the manuscript, her father’s photographs and the following biography.
Robert James Nachel was born in 1923, in Chicago, Illinois, one of 7 seven children born to an American father - John Nachel, and an Irish mother - Johanna Leddin. Like many young men of the day, Bob signed up with the military shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, eventually going on to fly the Martin B-26 Marauder in the skies over occupied Europe.
Bob Nachel was one of the many thousands of young American men and women who fought for their country in World War Two, becoming known as The Great Generation. This is his story, in his own words.
 

P-40s From A Carrier

My uncle, Virgil E. Radcliffe, was one of ten pilots who graduated in May of 1942, and was assigned to the 60th Fighter Squadron (FS) of the 33rd Fighter Group (FG). The 60th FS was then stationed at Bolling Field outside the nation’s capital. The other two squadrons, the 58th FS and 59th FS, at that time were heading to the west coast but by summer’s end had returned to the east coast for possible deployment to the Middle East. In mid-December they were given a new assignment. They were to be part of the invasion of French-controlled North Africa, codenamed Operation Torch. A new twist was added to their training. To facilitate getting the planes into action more quickly, they would be catapulted from an Auxliiary Aircraft Carrier.
Gary W. Metz tells the story of his uncle Virgil, and the other pilots of the 33rd Fighter Group, as they launch off the USS Chenango (ACV-28) and fly into World War Two.
 

The Dream is Alive

“When I was growing up, my father would tell me stories about the Air Mail. He had been raised in Greenfield, Iowa, which was right below CAM 18, the Contract Air Mail route from San Francisco to Chicago. He would see Boeing 40s flying over his head every day. This probably planted a seed,” recalls Addison Pemberton of Spokane, Washington.
In the late 1970s, early 1980s, Addison was looking for an historically significant aircraft. In 1982, a business trip to the Ford Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan, led him to the Henry Ford Museum, and ultimately, their Boeing Model 40. The airplane took his breath away. Its sheer size and the fact that it had more struts than any airplane would ever need really talked to him. He started digging into the subject and discovered that, as he points out, “the Boeing 40 is as significant in aviation history as the DC-3 or the 707.”
This particular Boeing Model 40C – constructor’s number 1043 – was rolled out of the Seattle, Washington, facility of the Boeing Aircraft Company, on 17 May 1928. Carrying the registration C5339, it was delivered in early July to Pacific Air Transport (PAT) for use on the 1,238 miles of Contract Air Mail route #8 (CAM8), which ran from Seattle to San Diego. The airplane, assigned PAT tail number 23, flew only a few months of scheduled operation.
Gilles Auliard and Addison Pemberton tell the story of this unique aircraft.