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Best wishes extended by Admiral Byrd's trans-Atlantic and South Pole pilot
Autograph Sentiment signed: "Best wishes/from/Bernt Balchen/Oct 12. 1963" on verso of 4-cent postcard, 5½x3¼. Addressed in another hand. Norwegian pilot-engineer Bernt Balchen was on the 1926 Amundsen/Ellsworth/Nobile Norge expedition in Spitsbergen when Commander Richard E. Byrd attempted to fly to the North Pole, the pilot on Byrd's 1927 transatlantic flight and chief pilot on Byrd's flight to the South Pole in 1929. Before becoming a pilot, Balchen had fought in the Finnish Civil War, left for dead on the battlefield after a cavalry charge; and boxed for Norway in the 1920 Olympics! Postal marks at upper blank margin, tape remnants at lower blank margin. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: October 23, 1899 in Kristiansand, Norway
Died: October 17, 1973 in Mount Kisco, New York

Film Credits
1954 Roald Amundsen (in person), 1930 With Byrd at the South Pole (in person)

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