View USN Plane 8 Records Dec 1944 information sought

Plane 8 USN records Dec1944“Explanation needed this plane record book was found at Upottery airfield after the USN returned to America after the war. This page shows that the aircraft had been operating off of South America” width=”180″ height=”180″ /> Explanation needed this plane record book was found at Upottery airfield after the USN returned to America after the war. This page shows that the aircraft had been operating off of South America[/caption]

The information displayed is from a record book found at RAF Upottery, after the USN left for America from both Dunkeswell and Upottery airfields, after the war ended.

The records shows that the aircraft had been operating off of South America before arriving in England. There are several other pages that give the names of crew operators. Any information or explanation of the contents would be interesting.
Also entered by the English finder of the book who lived on the airfield during WW2 was the following name and address. Owen Ehiyhfill 405 E cottage Houston Texas

Since this was posted we have had a reply from Rod Burgess an airline pilot,his observations are whilst the technology we use has moved on somewhat since 1944, I think I recognised a few bits of the text. I’ve attached a few notes. I must stress that a lot of my interpretation is pretty speculative but I hope it gives you some clues.USN Plane 8 Records Dec 1944
USN Plane 8 Records Dec 1944

5 comments

  1. Andy Richards

    Further to your USN 8 enquiry for information.
    Have you got furtgher or solved the history? if notI would like to take a closer look, I am an engineer, I solve disgnostic puzzles and find history and people. apart from that My Father was Ex RAF VR Flt Lt Conversion pilot instructor and Navigation he later operated Whitchurch .> Lulsgate from1956-1980 when he retired, I have a significant number of contacts.

    Whilst many aircraft crossed the pond from America and Canada , they did it by air over two specific routes, because of two reasons, the first and primary was fuel and flight duration, the second was navigation issues, and unobtainable radio signal, for long durations of the flight path.

    Even in 1947 the flight from Southend to Johanesburgh in steps with C47′s was dead reconning and no radio beacons.

    I will make a suggestion this aircraft was either a Consolidated Catalina or a Liberator, or a Martin Marauder,.

    Let me know if you want me to have a go.

    ATB Andy

  2. Rod Burgess

    Robin

    I’ve sent an email with some notes about what I think is going on in that ‘plane record book’. I hope they help.

    Rod

    1. Robin

      Thanks Rod, your observations are welcome and very helpful
      Robin

  3. Hugh Patrick-Smith

    Re your notice of aircraft arriving from South America, I wonder if it would be OK for me to try and search through contacts in USA. Though not a current member – I live in Frome and have certain mobility problems-I hope to play some part in your activities in the future. Best wishes Hugh Patrick-Smith.

    1. Robin

      Hugh, of course it would be OK, keep us posted, All best Robin

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