BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE - BUSINESS CARD SIGNED - HFSID 49552
Sale Price $595.00
JIMMY DOOLITTLE. Business Card signed: "J.H. Doolittle" on verso, 3½x2. Business card imprinted, in part: "J.H. Doolittle/Vice President/Shell Union Oil Corporation". The card (which is windowed to show both sides) is also imprinted with the firm's New York City address. In 1922, James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle (1896-1993) made the first transcontinental flight in less than 24 hours. In the 1920s and 1930s, he set various speed and flight records. During WWII, Doolittle, a veteran of WWI, and 79 other fighter pilots ("Doolittle's Raiders") bombed Tokyo on April 18, 1942, the first air attack on the Japanese capital. Also hit were targets in Yokohama and other cities, scoring a huge victory for U.S. morale at a time when Japan's position in the Pacific seemed impregnable. Doolittle was promoted to Brigadier General the next day and was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the raid. After retiring from the military at the end of WWII, Doolittle was an executive with Shell Oil until his retirement in 1959. Lightly soiled. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 21¼x15½.
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