Eaker, Ira C.

Pioneer Army aviator, led 8th Air Force in Europe, architect of strategic bombing force, led air forces in Mediterranean, Deputy Commander of AAF at end of war

Price: $150.00

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. A pilot on Dec. 1926-May 1927 Pan American Flight, a goodwill trip around South America, awarded Mackay Trophy. Chief pilot on Jan. 1-7,1929 endurance flight of Army plane, “Question Mark”, establishing new world flight endurance record. Entire crew of 5, inc. Eaker & mission commander Carl Spaatz, awarded DFC. Made 1930 1st transcontinental flight entirely with instruments. In Nov. 1940, assumed command of 20th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, Calif. USAAF Brig Genl Jan. 1942, 2nd in-command of prospective Eighth Air Force, sent to England to form and organize its bomber command, named Eighth Air Force commander Dec. 1, 1942. Personally participated in 1st B-17 Flying Fortress bomber strike against German forces in France, bombing Rouen Aug. 17, 1942. Lieut. Genl. Sept. 1943, 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 in the Mediterranean Theater in 1944. Deputy Commander of US Army Air Forces by end of war. Worked in aerospace industry on retirement then became newspaper columnist. SP, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 borderless b&w matte finish bust portrait in uniform and soft cap, signed as Lieutenant General USA (Ret).

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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