Almost as soon as I declared that I hadn’t seen a pilot log that continued from the first one, I picked up a little notebook that served as a log for the remainder of 1944 and 1945 up to September. It notes the first time Walt flew a P-51, described in all caps as WONDERFULL, and even notes the date when Walt was shot down!
Mostly, it’s just a record of locations, aircraft, and hours flown. At the top of the first page, Walt lists his total time as 592:15 hours. That’s a lot of hours.
The two log books are very different in design, the second one being a small notebook that would fit easily in a pocket, although I suspect it stayed behind during flights and didn’t, for example, go into the water with Walt in January 1945.
- The first book, from Walt’s stateside training, is leather-bound with pasted-down and blank endpapers. All the pages are folded and stitched together at one center seam through the endpaper pieces.
- The later book is bound with a heavy paper cover, and the pages are folded and stitched to that cover at one center seam. The seam is covered in a paper binding on the outside of the booklet.
I’m creating a new page for this second log book and have added links to both of them to the main Letters menu.