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ALGER DRESEL - COMMEMORATIVE COVER SIGNED - HFSID 74800

ALGER H. DRESEL Philatelic Envelope signed: "Alger H. Dresel", 6½x3½, carried aboard the U.S.S. Akron dirigible, stamped: "akron/air mail". Postmarked on front and verso: "Lakehurst, N.J., August 2, 1932". Addressed to: "Bill Schneider Jr.,/Rahway,/New Jersey.

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Reg. $240.00

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ALGER H. DRESEL
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Alger H. Dresel", 6½x3½, carried aboard the U.S.S. Akron dirigible, stamped: "akron/air mail". Postmarked on front and verso: "Lakehurst, N.J., August 2, 1932". Addressed to: "Bill Schneider Jr.,/Rahway,/New Jersey." Also postmarked on verso: "Rahway, N.J., Aug. 3, 1932". Rubber stamped cachet: "tactical training flight/u.s.s. akron/carrying mail/United States navy/1932/u.s. post office department" picturing the U.S. Navy blimp flying over battleships. Charles Rosendahl commissioned the USS Akron on October 31, 1931 and became its Commander. At Lakehurst, Dresel relieved Rosendahl as Commander on June 22, 1932. This envelope was flown six weeks later. On January 3, 1933, Frank C. McCord became the Akron's Commander. Dresel had served as Commander for only six and a half months. On the evening of April 3, 1933, the USS Akron left Lakehurst on a routine training flight. Shortly after midnight on the morning of April 4th, after 17 months in service, the airship crashed in the stormy Atlantic and 73 men were killed. The Akron's loss spelled the beginning of the end for the rigid airship in the Navy, especially since one of its leading proponents, Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, perished with her. Fine condition.

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