July 1938 - November 1940. Approx. 150 pages. Square 8vo. Titled blue cloth over boards. Ruled pages as per contemporary log type. Various official stamps to internals. Manuscript in holograph. .
The keeper of this precision crafted log remains excruciatingly hidden in his 150 page memoir of war. The reader should not expect to find him anywhere but in the hard tack data and details he so fastidiously records. He was a young man at a tremendous moment. One of many who became known as " the few ". His log breaks history down to numbers and aircraft types and operational duties. The machinery of the Battle of Britain squeezed into columns. He remains anonymous to us - like the wizard behind the curtain. What we know of Sgt. Stedman begins in January 1938 with his first training flights in Tiger Moths. Precisely detailed in wonderful hand, he records months of continued training with specific detail given to Exercise and Duty Results. Quite notable is the progression of planes mastered - Tiger Moth's , DH 82's and on to the Anson. Examination and confirmation stamps with sigs. in holograph summarize his passage over the months. Training at an end , Sgt. Stedman receives Certificate of Qualification As First day and Night Pilot on Anson landplanes " in November 1938 ( to front free endsheet ) His orders attach him to 217 Squadron at Tangmere.
There on the document proceeds to detail operations of an Anson pilot from the Phony War to Dunkirk to the Battle of Britain. As 217 Squadron was a reconnaissance bomber squadron, entries specifying Channel " convoy patrols " and " photo recon ' are prevalent. Further notations of dive-bombing, anti-sub patrols and night searches are scattered. As the Battle of Britain concludes, so does Sgt. Stedman. His last entry is of" Patrol SA 12 ". 16 November 1940. Log closes with stamped and signed confirmation of Monthly ( log ) Summary ( November )by F/L OC 6 December 1940. But the story closes happily with the one personal insight we have of Sgt. Stedman. Evidenced by the cover letter from the R.A.F. Record Office returning his log to him - date 27 April 1960 - ( laid-on to front free endsheet ) - we know he survived the war. Beyond that, he's the clear window glass through which we can glimpse a momentous time.
Covers mildly worn, benign cloth rippling mid- spine at gutter due to previous inadequate hinge repair, Author's name in ink to front cover. A handsome and exceedingly rare Battle of Britain Pilot's log.Featured Misc.