Mann, Lawrence William (Flying Officer, b.1920 - d.2004)

Accession Number PR05460
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Log book
Maker Mann, Lawrence William
Place made Australia, United Kingdom
Date made 1941-1954
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War and post-war service of O210417 (403031) Flying Officer Lawrence William Mann, 210 Squadron, 190 Squadron, 11 Squadron, 20 Squadron, and 36 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia and the United Kingdom, 1941-1954.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one flying log book of Flying Officer Lawrence William Mann, containing entries dated between 5 June 1941 and 7 April 1954. It covers the period of his training in Australia and Scotland, service as a wireless operator and air gunner with 210 and 190 Squadrons in the United Kingdom, Russia, and the Mediterranean, operational instruction with 4 Operational Training Unit in the United Kingdom, service with 11 and 20 Squadrons, and post-war service in Australia. The entries record details such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, pilots, and purposes of flights. Some of the purposes include wireless operator training, gunnery training, radar training, operational training, anti-shipping patrols, anti-submarine patrols, convoy escorts, bombing operations, transportation, operational training instruction, and specialised training exercises. This log book also includes certificates of qualifications, notes, postcards, and copies of photographs relating to Flying Officer Mann.

History / Summary

Flying Officer Lawrence William Mann enlisted to the Royal Australian Air Force on 7 December 1940. He trained as a wireless operator and air gunner in Australia and Scotland, and went on to serve with 210 and 190 Squadrons in the United Kingdom, Russia, and the Mediterranean. With these squadrons, Mann participated in anti-shipping operations, convoy escorts, and transportation flights. Between January and July 1944, he was an instructor at 4 Operational Training Unit, based at West Freugh, United Kingdom. Mann then served with 11, 20 and 36 Squadrons in Australia. After the Second World War, Flying Officer Mann continued to serve with the Royal Australian Air Force until the mid-1950s.