Webinar replacing the Combined Evening Meeting with members of Newark Air Museum
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Webinar replacing the Combined Evening Meeting with members of Newark Air Museum

When: 12 May
Where: United Kingdom
Contact: Clare Stead

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The planned lecture ‘Typhoon Testing and Operations’ by Flt Lt Oli Payne has been cancelled in line with Government guidelines. We hope to run it later in the year. To avoid disappointment, we plan to run a replacement talk on-line as a webinar:


David Pike FRIN will give a talk titled: ‘A Lancaster Navigator’s Logs and Charts Analysed’

Dave’s discovery of a folder containing almost all of the logs and charts completed by a navigator in Bomber Command during his tour of 32 operations between September 1944 and April 1945, has provided a rare minute-by-minute account in the navigator’s own hand, of how bomber operations were conducted during this final stage of the Second World War.
Dave will use excerpts from this material to show how the logs confirm that, compared to the early days, by September 1944 the Royal Air Force had been moulded into an accurate and deadly killing machine relying heavily upon: saturating the enemy defences by the use of a ‘bomber stream’ held closely together by the use of the hyperbolic aid Gee, and at greater range, by Loran; the use of electronic warfare to confuse enemy radar; and the use of ‘pathfinders’ and a ‘master bomber’ to indicate and control the target area.

He will also show how the logs also indicated unexpected details including: the absence of celestial navigation; negligible use of visual pinpoints and radio bearings; the care and precision required on even the crew’s earliest sorties; the neatness of the navigator’s printing, even in combat; and the fact that all his logs were marked and commented on return by his Navigation Leader.