Lot 90: A vintage 4"x6" signed card showing either B-17's or B24s with the emblem of The 8th Air Force signed in fountain pen by J.H. Doolittle. Major General Jimmy Doolittle took over command of the Eighth Air Force from Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker at RAF High Wycombe in 1944. Doolittle of course was well known to American airmen as the famous "Tokyo Raider" and former air racer. His directive was simple: 'Win the air war and isolate the battlefield'. Spaatz and Doolittle's plan was to use the US Strategic Air Forces in a series of co-ordinated raids, code-named Operation 'Argument' and supported by RAF night bombing, on the German aircraft industry at the earliest possible date. Throughout 1944, they where highly effective in their mission. Good condition, slight 1/4" tear in the upper border portion of the card not affecting signature or planes which has been repaired.
Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction
Thursday, 19th November 2015
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