LEWIS, ROBERT A., CAPTAIN. 1917-1983.  Official Flight Log and 201 File.  Flight Log: 10 October 1942 to 31 January 1946; 201 File: 10 October 1942 to 7 March, 1946.
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LEWIS, ROBERT A., CAPTAIN. 1917-1983.
Official Flight Log and 201 File. Flight Log: 10 October 1942 to 31 January 1946; 201 File: 10 October 1942 to 7 March, 1946.
US$ 50,000 - 80,000
£ 38,000 - 61,000

Lot Details
LEWIS, ROBERT A., CAPTAIN. 1917-1983.  Official Flight Log and 201 File.  Flight Log: 10 October 1942 to 31 January 1946; 201 File: 10 October 1942 to 7 March, 1946. LEWIS, ROBERT A., CAPTAIN. 1917-1983.  Official Flight Log and 201 File.  Flight Log: 10 October 1942 to 31 January 1946; 201 File: 10 October 1942 to 7 March, 1946.
LEWIS, ROBERT A., CAPTAIN. 1917-1983.
Official Flight Log and 201 File. Flight Log: 10 October 1942 to 31 January 1946; 201 File: 10 October 1942 to 7 March, 1946.
An official pilot's flight 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 training and career in the USAAF, 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 Field, New Mexico; the majority of sheets signed off by the operations officer for each base, some signatures in carbon, most in ink; together with 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, the card covers lettered in ink on upper cover by Lewis: "Cap R.A. Lewis 509th Composite Gp, Tinian-Wendover APO #336. Form #5" verso of lower cover with official stamp "received Oct 7 1944," 4to.
WITH: his 201 file in an official manila card file, 46 leaves, covering thr period from 10 October 1942 through to 7 March 1946, with numerous lists of crews, marked restricted.
AND WITH: a second manila file with 21 loose 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 other leaves including copies of appointments, orders and other miscellaneous documents;
AND WITH: a portrait photograph of Robert Lewis as a young pilot, by Phyfe of New York City, c.1943.
Provenance: Captain Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot, Enola Gay; gifted to his son, Steven Lewis.

A fine series of official papers documenting the flying career of Robert Lewis from 13 December 1942 to his discharge in 1946. His career was bound up with the development of the B-29 long range bomber, a prototype of which he saw crash in Seattle in 1942. He trained on B-29s then became a flying instructor for the testing and passing hundreds of pilots, who were then sent out to both Iwo Jima and Tinian to join the massed bombing Groups for the final bombing campaign against mainland Japan.

The B-29 was chosen to be the delivery vehicle for the two atomic bombs, and 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 practicing 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 Field 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!

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