BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT L. SCOTT JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/05/1990 - HFSID 190260
Sale Price $234.00
ROBERT L. SCOTT, JR
In a typed letter, he describes his most vivid memory of aerial combat in World War II.
Typed Letter Signed: "Bob Scott", 1 page, 8½x11. Warner Robins, Georgia, 1990 June 5. On letterhead of Heritage of Eagles Campaign, Museum of Aviation to William Stanhope, Albuquerque, New Mexico. In full: "I have had your letter for about a month but haven't had time to make an honest reply--. The question of which was my most memorable combat experience would require too many pages.. Yet, I thank you for [handwritten edit: "being"] interested in such a thing that happened so many years ago ... Anyway-as I look back now the most vivid memory I have was over Yunnanyi just about Christmas 1942. We had 18 P-40s and intercepted a flight of 27 Japanese bombers before they reached target and shot them all down...But as we lost two aircraft and that many pilots---who were more important-we actually did not win very much... What I sugest [sic] is that you order a copy of my latest book--: THE DAY I OWNED THE SKY.. published by Bantam Books in 1988---don't get me wrong-I am not trying to sell the book...The Museum of Aviation here owns them all and ALL proceeds go to them. Also-as the Museum is a non-profit organization-you may deduct the price of the book when you pay your taxes... Write me a note and send a check for 20 dollars and I will send you the book by first class mail... And I think you will have the story you want-plus a lot of others-and you will be donating to the Museum. Best wishes." Colonel, later General Scott (1908-2006), shot down 22 Japanese planes while serving with the American Volunteer Group ("Flying Tigers") and its successor in China during WWII. His best selling-book, God Is My Co-Pilot, became a popular, patriotic film (1943). Scott claimed to be the only known human to have walked the entire length of the Great Wall of China, and at the age of 72! After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1957, Scott still arranged to fly advanced fighter aircraft in his eighties and remained active at the Aviation Museum at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Stamped return address at lower left. Vertical fold touches "B" in signature. Slightly creased. Overall, fine condition.
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