The WWII Air Force "Ace in a day" signs an envelope commemorating the
50th Anniversary of the Pentagon Station.
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Ernest Bankey Jr Col USAF
Ret/383/380-Ftr Sq/364th ftr Group/9½ Air 2 probable, 5 destroyed 5 damaged
ground", 6½x3¾. Envelope commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Pentagon
Station, Washington, D.C., May 12, 1933, 29-cent U.S. stamp affixed. Ernest
E. Bankey (1920-2009) served with the Eighth Air Force in the European
Theater of World War II. He became an "Ace in a day," shooting down five
German aircraft on December 27, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. In all
he flew 110 combat missions, destroyed 11.5 enemy planes in the air and another
five on the ground, and earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver
Star, the French Croix de Guerre, and other medals. After retiring from the
US Air Force as a Colonel in 1968, he worked on deep space projects at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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COLONEL ERNEST E BANKEY, JR.
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