Combat Reports

Listed here are very rare first person typed reports of aerial combat in WWI and WWII. In most cases these are addressed to higher headquarters, signed by the pilots and sometimes signed by by their commander or an intelligence officer. Some are original first copies, others are carbons on flimsies. Unusual and not often encountered.

  • "Dambusters" Op Order - 1943

    SKU: 21-CR-1

     Modern Xerox copy of the May 16, 1943 operations order No. B976 for the famous Dambusters Raid by the RAF (6 pp), plus a two page statement by "Bomber" Harris on his WWII bombing strategy and a copy of Leonard Chesire's Memorial Service Tribute to Air Marshall Harold "Mick" Martin (4pp).  While a modern copy of these materials, they are historically significant and most interesting reading. On legal paper, two-sided, stapled.

    Price: $15.00
  • Official WWII History, 16th Bombardment Group, 1944-45

    SKU: 20-B-32

     Group was comprised of the B-29 15th, 16th and 17th Bomb Sq.  60pp, illus, 8.5x11", wrps, stapled.  Comprehensive content to include list of KIA/MIA, first station at Dalhart, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Borinquen Field, PR; Guam and then 14 targets in Japan (aerial photos of damage).  Extensive photos of personnel to include crews with rosters.  Contents good but cover stained and spine split, so overall fair-good. 

    Price: $85.00
  • RFC Pilot Log Book - 1916

    SKU: 18-PILOT-00012

    Original Pilot Log Book for "J.A. Watson Bounie, 2Lt, Royal Flying Corps" (unclear signature on cover).  Book is 4.5x7", form date is 1915.  Inside front cover has a pasted mimeo list of instructions for "...Keeping Pilot's Log".   Log has six (6) double pages of ink entries for the period March-April 1916.  Appears to be training in RE7, Martinsyde A-D, and RE5 machines.  Notes on broken tail skid, flat tire, landings (short, good, too fast!), engine missing and "machine heeled over after landing".  Training all at Central Flying School, about 24 hr (pilot claimed he had 130 hr prior to RFC)  Generally good condition except for several small spine chips.  These logs are uncommon today.

    Price: $355.00