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Lot 39
The Log Books as used by Group Captain A.L.Holland, Royal Air Force,
Sold for £540 (US$ 917) inc. premium
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The Log Books as used by Group Captain A.L.Holland, Royal Air Force,
The log books covering his pre WW2 and WW2 service and post WW2 flying career. (2)

Footnotes

  • Group Captain Arthur Lawrence Holland was born on May 4 1909, Holland went up to Cambridge to read Engineering in October 1928. He joined the University Air Squadron in January 1930 and trained in Avro 504s and Bristol Fighters. Later in the year he began training with the RAF at Hatfield. In the summer of 1931 Holland was granted a Permanent Commission, as a University Entrant. He was posted to 3 FTS, Grantham on October 24 1931 and after training joined 17 Squadron at Upavon on March 27 1932. Holland went to RAF Hendlow in August 1934 for a two year Officers' Engineering Course and was posted to RAF Gosport in August 1936 as Officer i/c Aircraft Repair Squadron. He was responsible for servicing the Torpedo Training Squadron and the FAA on board HMS 'Furious' and 'Courageous'. In March 1938 Holland was promoted to Squadron Leader and sent to Air HQ India and Commander Engineering Officer. He returned to the UK in December 1939. In January 1940 he was posted to Air Ministry on Engineering duties, firstly at Harrogate and later in London. Holland's request to be allowed to return to flying was answered in July 1940, when he was posted to 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge to convert to Hurricanes. On August 6 Holland was attached to 501 Squadron at Gravesend, as a supernumerary to gain combat experence. He made a forced-landing outside Dover on August 12 after a combat with BF 109s off Westgate. Holland was posted to Rochford on August 14 to command 65 Squadron. He converted himself to Spitfires, flew from Rochford until August 27 and then took a Squadron to Turnhouse. In November Holland was admitted to Edinburgh Infirmary with a suspected tumour behind the right eye. He was grounded and non effective for four months. Holland was transferred to the Technical Branch and in April 1941 became Chief Technical Officer at 58 OTU, Grangemouth. He moved to 51 OTU, Cranfield in February 1942 and in July 1943 went to the Ministry of Aircraft Producton. In September 1944 Holland joined the Directing Staff at RAF Staff College, Bracknell, as an acting Group Captain. He held a number of commands in India, the Canal Zone and the UK in the Post-War RAF. Holland was made a CBE (1.1.55) and he retired on October 25 1960, as a Group Captain.
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