Dambuster logs at auction house
Rare flight logs used to help navigate Second World War aircraft during the famous Dambusters mission will go up for auction in Banbury this weekend.
Five unique A3-sized flight logs compiled by RAF Navigators in the cramped conditions of the mission’s Lancaster bombers will be among the lots at JS Auctions on Oxford Road tomorrow (Saturday) as well as unique photographs of the Dambusters aircraft and crew members.
JS Auction’s Arms and Armour specialist Tony Cribb said: “We’ve got five log sheets for five different aircraft but one particular log has some fantastic details and mentions things such as ‘taking flack,’ ‘monitoring radio silence,’ and even the phrase ‘wizard’ to mark the completion of the mission.”
“When I looked at them it was like I’d stepped back in time. We see a lot of things from this period but to have a document that was actually in one of the aircraft on the navigators table is quite spooky.”
Mr Cribb said he believes the artefacts could raise between £1.5-2.5,000 and hopes they will eventually end up on public display in a musuem.
This May marks the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid when on May 16–17, 1943 RAF 617 Squadron used a specially developed “bouncing bomb” to breach The Möhne and Edersee Dams striking at Germany’s industrial heartland.
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