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Volume 13, Number 2 - 2nd Quarter 2015

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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Into The Unkown

Doolittle's Crew # One - Colonel Cole stands second from the right. Doolittle's Crew # One - Colonel Cole stands second from the right.
Dick Cole’s Memories of the Tokyo Raid

As they approached the Japanese coastline, there was no conversation; all that could be heard was the roar of the two Wright R-2600 radial engines and the wind whisking by, seemingly getting louder and louder. These young American aviators, so far from home and eager to do their part in defense of freedom, had no idea that they were on a history making flight.
“We were just a bunch of guys doing our job,” Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. Cole said.

An Interview by Harry and Linda Kaye Perez
 

"It's a Hell of a Way to Make a Buck"

Marine Corps Aviator Bob Klingman Marine Corps Aviator Bob Klingman
At approximately 38,000 feet (3,000 feet above the Corsair’s rated service ceiling), Bob took position directly behind the Nick. That was when he discovered the cold at the extreme altitude had rendered his guns inoperative. The leadman, Kenneth Reusser, arrived to find his guns were also frozen. He later told a reporter that Bob didn’t think he had enough fuel to make it back to base and was not about to end an hour and a half chase by letting the Nick get away. He quoted Bob as saying, “I’m going to hit him with my plane.”
The story of one of the more unusual aerial victories of World War Two, as told by Roger Klingman, the nephew of Bob Klingman - the Marine Corps Aviator who flew the mission.
 

Exactly What They Wanted

Robert Austin - a P-51A pilot with the 529th FBS. Robert Austin - a P-51A pilot with the 529th FBS.
The 311th Fighter-Bomber Group in the Myitkyina Campaign

Despite being a forgotten theater to the Western Allies, the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater was the primary arena for East Asia’s two most powerful nations: China and Japan. By May 1942, Japan had almost completely isolated China, having taken every port from Korea to Indochina in the east and conquering Burma in the southwest. A tenuous air-link from India over the treacherous Himalayas - known as the Hump - was all that kept China supplied to resist the Japanese. From the vigorous debate over how to proceed emerged two options: the first, championed by the commander of the 14th Air Force, Major General Claire Lee Chennault, advocated that the Allies bolster the airlift over the Hump in order to carry out an aerial offensive in China. However, General Joseph W. Stilwell, the American theater commander, believed that airlift was an inadequate and unproven method, and instead argued that a new overland supply route be built from Ledo, India, to Kunming, China. Ultimately, President Roosevelt decided to pursue both options simultaneously, though each received less resources than either Stilwell or Chennault desired.
The Japanese-held town of Myitkyina, in northern Burma, was the key to both plans.
Daniel Jackson reports on the campaign.
 

Graf Zeppelin, Hitler's Aircraft Carrier - Part Six

The hulk of the Graf Zeppelin lanquishing in an estuary near Stetten. The hulk of the Graf Zeppelin lanquishing in an estuary near Stetten.
Defeat Follows Defeat
By the time Adolf Hitler made his fateful decision regarding the Graf Zeppelin and, with it, the end of the Kriegsmarine’s hope of carrier-based air power, as well as the destiny of the powerful battle units in which so much had been invested, Nazi Germany was beginning to reel from the first of what came to be an unrelenting series of setbacks and defeats. By February 1943, the Wehrmacht’s disaster at Stalingrad was complete, Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshall) Friedrich Paulus’s Sixth Army surrendering to the Soviets. Earlier, in North Africa, Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps had been defeated at El Alamein and was falling back before Montgomery’s Eighth Army, which captured Tripoli in January. As if that wasn’t bad enough, in November 1942, “Operation Torch” had landed American and British forces in Rommel’s rear, precipitating a wholesale withdrawal into Tunisia.
Although the Graf Zeppelin was all but forgotten, the aircraft assigned to its airwing are shuttled to alternative missions. Colonel Douglas Dildy continues this in-depth and fascinating saga.