BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT L. "SCOTTY" SCOTT - TYPESCRIPT SIGNED - HFSID 293353
Sale Price $180.00
ROBERT L. SCOTT
Signed typescript, his author's note explaining the title of his best-selling war memoir, God Is My Co-Pilot
Typescript signed: "Robert L. Scott", 1 page, 8½x11. Typescript titled "God Is My Co-Pilot: Author's note. In full: "My decision for the title of this book was probably made back there in Kunming one afternoon as the doctor dug those five rivet heads from my back. They had been driven in when a Jap explosive bullet hit the armor plate behind my seat. To keep my mind off the pain the big Cantonese intern of Doctor Magent's kept talking to me. He seemed to find it hard to believe that I flew the little fighter alone - that I dropped the bombs - fired the six machine guns - changed the fuel tanks - navigated and landed the fighter. Finally, with disbelief in his eyes, he looked at me and said, 'Colonel, you are up there all alone - you even talk on the radio when you shoot the guns?' As I waited for him to go on with another question, I heard the old doctor say, 'No, son, you're not up there alone - not with all the things you've come through. You have the greatest co-pilot in the world even if there is just room for one in that fighter ship - no, you're not alone'." Robert L. Scott (1908-2006), assigned to routine air transport duties in the China-Burma-India Theatre of World War II, commandeered a P-40 fighter and began flying missions as a "Flying Tiger."At the request of Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek, he was placed in command of the newly formed 23rd Fighter Group in 1942. He became one of the wars earliest US aces, shooting down 13 planes (1942-1943). His post-war commands included the Jet Fighter School and the 36th Fighter-Bomber Wing in Germany. Scott retired as a Brigadier General in 1957, but continued to flying, piloting a B-1 bomber on his 89th birthday. He wrote a dozen books, the most famous of which was God Is My Co-Pilot, made into a film. Fine condition.
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