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COLONEL FRANCIS S. "GABBY" GABRESKI - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 166420

FRANCIS S. GABRESKI The All-time ranking Air Force ace signs an envelope commemorating two Boeing Aircrafts Commemorative Envelope signed: "Gabby Gabreski/U.S.A.F./Ret.", 6½x3½. Red, white and blue bordered airmail envelope, 22-cent U.S.

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FRANCIS S. GABRESKI
The All-time ranking Air Force ace signs an envelope commemorating two Boeing Aircrafts
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Gabby Gabreski/U.S.A.F./Ret.", 6½x3½. Red, white and blue bordered airmail envelope, 22-cent U.S. flag stamp affixed, postmarked Seattle, Washington, January 28, 1988. Typed caption at left margin. Headed: "Boeing Aircraft Co." In full: "On this date Boeing rolled out their new 747-400 transport with new 6 ft. winglets added. Also rolled out the same day was the 737-400. Both planes are the new long range body transports of Boeing Aircraft." 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. Stray ink marks at lower right corner. Fine condition.

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