Bomber Command Pilots Log Books - 78 Squadron - Whitley and Halifax Ops.
Pair of R.A.F pilots flying log books to 1179662 F/O F.K Cator covering the period March 1941 to October 1946, operations with 78 Squadron flying Whitley and Halifax aircraft from mainly R.A.F Middleton St George.
Log Book 1
Training commenced February 1941 with No.7 E.F.T.S at R.A.F Desford completing 54 hours flying time and being assessed as "average".
Training contiuned at No.2 S.F.T.S - R.A.F Brize Norton and qualifying for his pilots wings on the 23rd July 1941.
The next 2 month were with No.10 O.T.U at R.A.F Abingdon flying Whitley bomber aircraft with final assessment as a "average" H.B pilot.
October 1941 saw his first squadron posting to No.78 Squadron based at R.A.F Middleton St George flying Whitley aircraft. October 23rd saw him take part in his first operations to Kiel, the following ops are recorded in log no.1 - October 31st - Dunkirk (coned and heavy flak), December 15th - Ostend, January 10th 1942 - Emden (landed Mildenhall), January 31st - Le Havre (landed Oakington), February 17th - Le Havre.
Log Book No.2
First entry is dated 4th April 1942 with a move to 78 Squadron Halifax conversion flight the next to month were with the flight converting to flying the Halifax bomber. Halifax operations commenced on 30th May to Cologne, further ops list are - May 5th - Essen (instruments u/s bombed s/lts on Dutch coast), June 8th - Essen, June 20th - Emden, 27th June - Bremen (port outer failed at target, returned on three), July 13th - Duisberg. This being the last operation with 78 squadron his final squadron assessment as a pilot was "above the average).
From 1943 to 1946 he was a flying instructor with various training units and numerous flights are listed.
Both the logs are in good used condition with all correct stamps and signatures and are clearly written. A good pair of early war logs with 12 ops completed and in need of further research. Good postcard size photograph of Cator is included.