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COLONEL FRANCIS S. "GABBY" GABRESKI - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/29/1993 - HFSID 190253

FRANCIS GABRESKI His handwritten conceptual letter on success. He mentions his newly finished book Gabby Autograph letter signed: "Gabby", 2p, 8½x11. Dix Hills, N.Y., 1993 January 29. On his personal letterhead as Col., USAF (retired), to Don Dee.

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FRANCIS GABRESKI
His handwritten conceptual letter on success. He mentions his newly finished book Gabby
Autograph letter signed: "Gabby", 2p, 8½x11. Dix Hills, N.Y., 1993 January 29. On his personal letterhead as Col., USAF (retired), to Don Dee. In full: "After reading your first paragraph on 'success' I can state that you and your wife are both right. Don take your premise, I would add that experience is the best teacher whether failure or success. It's more meaningful when you learn from your mistakes. So I would put a little more emphasis on failure as a foundation if you learn your lesson and never do it again. A step towards success. There is no simple formula to success that you can be sure of. However you can be sure that hard work throughout your life is one of your main ingredients. This is a competitive world so always try to do better in your work than the next guy. 'Excel' if possible. Your wife is saying 'success' begets 'success' and that is true too. You must have a foundation through formal education or experience. In football they call it momentum! But that is only as a result of training and teamwork - a little 'luck' always helps too! Sorry to be so late in getting this letter in the mail. Since my last paragraph my wife & I have been on the road traveling for at least the last 3 weeks. Don, within the recent past I have had a book published by Random House. 'Gabby'. The cost is $28.00 (includes postage and packaging) personally autographed to you with my library seal and data sheet. If interested send check and I'll send 'Gabby'." His book Gabby: A Fighter Pilots Life, was eventually published by Schiffer Publishing in 1998. Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski (1919-2002) ranks as the all-time top U.S. Army Air Force ace. He was one of only seven USAF pilots who was an ace in both WWII and the Korean War. Beginning his career flying sorties against the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, the Polish-speaking pilot started to fly Spitfires in January 1943 with the 315 (Polish) Squadron of the RAF. After a few weeks, Gabreski was assigned to Zemke's 56th Fighter Group, flying P-47 Thunderbolts without seeing any action until August 24, 1943, when he scored his first victory. From then on, he downed 28 enemy aircraft, leading all pilots in the European theatre. After 193 missions, the Air Force was ready to send him home but, shortly before boarding the plane, he discovered that a mission was set for that morning. On July 20, 1944, Gabreski crash-landed during a strafing sortie and hid out for five days. Although he persuaded a Polish-speaking forced laborer to bring food and water, Gabreski was captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft I, a German POW camp for the remaining eight months of the war. He returned to military service in the Korean War and shot down six MIG 15s. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, the Air Medal and awards from the French and Polish governments.. Lightly creased. Folds, light vertical fold touches the "y" in Gabby. Overall, fine condition.

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