R.A.F 138 Squadron Pilots Log Book - 1950s Valiant V-Bomber Suez Campaign Bombing Operations.
Scarce pilots log book to Flt Lt L.B.Brown AFM who took part in the bombing raids during the Suez Campaign in 1956 flying the Valiant V-Bomber the first and only time the Valiant would be used in anger, and apart from the Vulcan's bombing raids during the Falklands Campaign, the only other time for any of the V-Bombers.
The log covers the period October 1956 to July 1959. The logs starts with Flight Check Valiant 402 while based at RAF Wittering on the 30th October 1956 they flew on detachment to Luqa Malta, on the 31st they were ordered to bomb targets Cairo West they were recalled when the prime minister of the time changed his mind! however on the 1st they made a successful bombing raid again on Cairo West, the last raid in the campaign was to bomb Huckstep Barracks again this was successfully carried out, The aircraft returned to RAF Wittering on the 7th November. The remainder of the log records numerous flights on Valiants training flights and exercises. The log is clearly written and has all the correct stamps and signatures. This log is No 5 the other presumable missing his medals were sold a number of years ago by Dix Noonan Webb. This is a ideal base for a research project on his career. Post War logs are difficult to find and sort after, this example having bombing operations makes it particular rare.