WW1 Pilot's Flying Log Book

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WW1 Pilot's Flying Log Book

This flying log book belonged to Percy Murray who was a pilot in WW1 with the Durham Light Infantry (6th Battalion). It is a record of his training and time in action in France. Its significance is that Lt Murray (who was my step-uncle) was shot down on 1 Feb 1917, in the German front-line trenches by the Red Baron, Baron von Richthofen, whilst on a photographic mission. The camera operator was Lt T D MacRae. The page shown describes the awful conditions in early flying: Boxing Day, 1916 'Observation very difficult. Caught in snow, rain & hail. Caught in very thick low mist on way home, and only found Aerodrome through very lights, and jolly good luck'.

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