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Flight Lieutenant Richards
Call Sign: Riksen - with No. 41 Squadron since 2020-05-20
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Rick Richards
R.A.F.
F/Lt 2020-07-15
5' 7
Medium
Hazel
Brown
1920-07-10
Rick Richards
Joe Bloggs
Sgt
2020-05-20

PILOT'S FLYING LOG BOOK

January, 2021

Year: Aircraft. Pilot, or
1st Pilot.
2nd Pilot, Pupil,
or Passanger.
DUTY
(Including Results And Remarks).
Single-Engine Aircraft. Multi-Engine Aircraft.
2021 Type. No. Pilot, or
1st Pilot.
2nd Pilot, Pupil,
or Passanger.
Pilot, or
1st Pilot.
2nd Pilot, Pupil,
or Passanger.
Month. Date. (1) (2) (3) (4)
--- --- --- --- --- --- ---       Totals Brought Forward 17h 32 0h 0 0h 0 0h 0
111Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfReconnaissance from B.79. Recon flight around the new airbase.F2200h 32
111Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfDefensive Patrol from B.79. Tasked with patrolling the artillery positions over Bree.F2191h 14
Just back from rotation but I'm not sure I'm feeling as rested as I should ... Perhaps it is just this damn place, this war that keeps dragging along and never seen to end. Overall, however, the morale in the unit is good and many feel the end is near but for one who's just seen so much in this past couple of years, I cannot really be that confident. We shall see.
112Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfDefensive Patrol from B.79. Defensive Patrol over the airfield of Veghel B.80. Cloudy weather made flight difficult and no enemies were encountered.F2211h 15
112Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfDefensive Patrol from B.79. Intercept enemy fighter near Weeze.F2231h 10
113Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfGround Attack from B.79. Unit tasked with attacking enemy armored vehicles approaching De Rips (B-84) air base.F2251h 0
The last few days have been quite busy for the unit. After our redeployment back to the vicinity of Antwerp, we've seen to be receiving way more missions than ever before. I've been so busy that exhaustion is starting to settle in. So much to write but very little time to do so ... Despite the increase in activity of our unit, there is actually very little to celebrate ... Specially due to the sharp increase in casualties within our unit. We've been getting some new pilots coming in from the regular rotation but I'm afraid some of them are think it's already won ... The Germans are still putting some though resistance, specially in the air, and I'm convinced that this whole talk about making it back home for Christmas is not going to come to fruition ...
116Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfArmed Recce from B.79. Unit was tasked with an Armed Recce sortie at a bridgehead over the Wurm river near Herleen.F2261h 15
121Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfArmed Recce from Wesel. Unit tasked with flying an armed recce in the vicinity of German airfield of Paderborn and assess the situation over our armored unit just east of Werl.F2281h 10
125Spitfire IXEB-NMB856SelfIntercept from B.79. Unit was tasked with defending a supply train in Antwerp but was diverted to intercept enemy contacts in the vicinity of Brussels.1h 10
GRAND TOTAL [ Cols. (1) to (4) ] Totals Carried Forward 26h 18 0h 0 0h 0 0h 0
.........26......... Hrs. .........18......... Mins. (1) (2) (3) (4)