Official Flight Log and 201 File of Captain Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot of the Enola Gay 11.5 x 9.5 in 3

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Official Flight Log and 201 File of Captain Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot of the Enola Gay
11.5 x 9.5 in 3

US$ 100,000 - 150,000
£ 82,000 - 120,000
Official Flight Log and 201 File of Captain Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot of the Enola Gay
An official pilot's log, comprising 41 pp typed carbon proforma leaves, starting 10 October 1942, and continuing in monthly sheets up to 31 January 1946, covering Lewis' complete career and including flying at Ellington Field, Texas; Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona; Great Bend, Kansas; Eglin Field, Florida; Grand Island, Nebraska; Wendover Field, Utah; Peterson Field, Florida; APO 247; APO 336 (Tinian) and Roswell, New Mexico; the majority of sheets signed off by the operations officer for each base, some signatures in carbon, most in ink; together with a 2 pp "record of combat duty" sheets, listing his 5 combat sorties in July and August 1945, both series of sheets with extra annotations by Lewis with observations of his training and ops. These leaves affixed by metal grips to the right hand side of the file. The left hand side comprising an original record of some of the numerous tests and certificates that Lewis achieved and took as part of his training throughout his career; the documents comprise B-29 FAMILIARIZATION COURSE EXAMINATION, 25 leaves written in pencil, 11 leaves of other certifications from 14 March 1942 up to 1 February 1946, a B-26 Series test, answers in ink, 13 leaves. The two parts bound in a cloth backed official manila open file, lettered on upper cover by Lewis: "Cap R.A. Lewis 509th Composite Gp, Tinian to Wendover APO #336," verso of lower cover with official stamp "received Oct 7 1944," 4to, together with his 201 file in an official manila card file, with 46 leaves from 10 October 1942 through to 3 June 1944, with numerous lists of crews, stamped restricted, and a second manila file with 19 leaves, including copies of his commission, his silver star award sheet, and his discharge, an original discharge certificate for his flying service dated 27 Sept 1947, and 15 leaves including copies of appointments, orders and other miscellaneous documents.
Provenance: Robert A. Lewis, co-Pilot, Enola Gay, 6 August 1945; and then as a gift to Steven K. Lewis.

A fine series of official papers documenting the career of Robert Lewis from 13 December 1942 to his discharge on 31 January 1946. His was a career bound up with the development of the B-29 long range bomber, a prototype of which he saw crash in Seattle at the beginning of his career. He trained on B-29s and became an instructor on B29s, testing and passing hundreds of pilots who then set out to both Iwo Jima and Tinian to join the massed bombing Groups for the final bombing campaign against mainland Japan.
That the B-29 was chosen to be the delivery vehicle for the two atomic bombs meant that Lewis found himself in top spot to lead a specially trained crew to drop the first atomic bomb. Whilst at Eglin field the urgency for the success of the Atomic bomb mission began to tell and Lewis was often out flying twice a day checking every aspect of the plan and its dos and don'ts, and practiced bombing runs over objects in the Gulf of Mexico.
Included amongst the official paperwork is a nondescript proforma of a flight crew page with Lewis and Sweeney piloting a B-29 on January 21st 1944 at Eglin Field, the third and fourth signatures on the roster are Charles Lindbergh and John W. Myers, whilst on the back Lewis has written out Lindbergh's and Myers' addresses so he can send him something in the future. It was on Jan 20th, 1944 that Colonel Lindbergh and his friend, Northrop Aviation test pilot John Myers, came into the Eglin mess for dinner and Lindbergh came over to Lewis and asked him if he could go up on a test flight the following day. Lindbergh was Lewis's childhood hero, which made this small piece of paper very special to him.
11.5 x 9.5 in (3)
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Official Flight Log and 201 File of Captain Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot of the Enola Gay 11.5 x 9.5 in 3
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