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COLONEL ERNEST E BANKEY, JR. - PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 281134

 
ERNEST BANKEY
Signed 10x8 photo, posed on the wing of his fighter, the Lucky Lady VII
Photograph signed: "Ernest Bankey/Col. USAF/364th FTR GP". B/w, 10x8. 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. Stray ink smudge at left lower margin. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.


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COLONEL ERNEST E BANKEY, JR.
Born: August 28, 1920
Died: May 15, 2009



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