Eaker, Ira C.

Uncommon ALS of deputy USAAF commander, led bomber command in Europe

Price: $195.00

Description:
(1896-1987) Joined US Army 1917, in March 1918 sent for flying instruction at Austin and Kelly Fields in Texas, rated a pilot following October. From Dec. 1926- May 1927, served as a pilot on the Pan American Flight, which made a goodwill trip around South America, awarded Mackay Trophy. Participated as chief pilot on Jan. 1-7,1929 endurance flight of Army plane, “Question Mark”, establishing new world flight endurance record. Entire crew of five, including Eaker and mission commander Carl Spaatz, awarded DFC. In 1930, made first transcontinental flight entirely with instruments. In Nov. 1940, assumed command of 20th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, Calif. USAAF Brig Genl Jan. 1942, second-in-command of prospective Eighth Air Force, sent to England to form and organize its bomber command, named commander of Eighth Air Force Dec. 1, 1942. He personally participated in the first US B-17 Flying Fortress bomber strike against German occupation forces in France, bombing Rouen on August 17, 1942. Lieutenant Genl. Sept.1943, became architect of strategic bombing force that ultimately numbered 40 groups of 60 heavy bombers each, supported by fighter command of 1,500 aircraft, most of which was in place when he took overall command of 4 Allied air forces based in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in 1944. By end of war was deputy commander of the US Army Air Forces. Worked in aerospace industry on retirement then became newspaper columnist. Uncommon ALS as Lieutenant General US Army, Deputy Commander of the Army Air Forces, on 10 x 8 “Headquarters, Army Air Forces/ Washington” letterhead, undated (possibly of War date), to noted collector Ashley Cole, sending his autograph.

Condition: Very good, light smudge on “I” in signature
Type:Letter






[View Shopping Cart]
[Home] [Articles] [Biography] [Calendar]
[Catalogue] [Search]



enbainc@cs.com

Edward N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc.
7317 Farr Street
Annandale, VA 22003-2516
(703) 642-2040(phone & fax)




Home
Home

Articles
Articles

Biography
Biography

Calendar
Calendar

Catalogue
Catalogue

Search
Search