PILOT'S HANDBOOK, U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES PRESTWICK TO CASABLANCA
Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence Washington, D.C.
'Upon completion of flight, deliver this handbook immediately to operations officer at destination - regardless of where it was issued'
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, Washington, 1944
A rare original USAAF pilot's handbook, produced by US Air Staff Intelligence in October 1944. It covers the air route from Prestwick in Scotland to Casablanca in North Africa. With full details of flight path, course, route and radio information, supplementy airfields, emergency procedures, and landing grounds along the route. There are two colured maps - a route map, and a radio map. The handbook is marked as 'Printed for use with ultraviolet light' on the front cover.
This handbook would have been an essential piece of kit for all aircrews embarking on the long and hazardous trip from the UK to Africa in 1944. The handbook's importance, and potential value to the enemy, is clearly seen in the detailed instructions for its destruction if likely to fall into the hands of the enemy. Aircrews were not even allowed to keep it: they had to hand it in Operations Officer as soon as they had completed their mission.
In very good condition. The card cover is in very good condition, with a few marks and some creasing at the edges. The metal clip binding is secure and in good condition. The text and maps are in very good condition.