COLONEL WALKER M. "BUD" MAHURIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 189546
BUD MAHURIN Black and white photograph of Mahurin in his flight suit. Photograph signed: "Bud/Mahurin". B/w, 8x10 overall, 6½x9½ image (one surface). Colonel Walker "Bud" Mahurin
Sale Price $162.00
Black and white photograph of Mahurin in his flight suit.
Photograph signed: "Bud/Mahurin". B/w, 8x10 overall, 6½x9½ image (one surface). Colonel Walker "Bud" Mahurin (1918-2010) became the Eighth Air Force's first "double ace" of World War II when he shot down 3 German fighters on a raid over Bremen in November 1943 on route to 20 kills by his P-47 Thunderbolt in the European Theater. Shot down during a raid on Tours in March 1944, Mahurin hid out in a haystack until he could be smuggled back to England by the French Resistance. Disqualified from further flights over Europe by his knowledge of the French underground, Mahurin transferred to the Pacific, downing a 21st enemy plane (Japanese) over the Philippines in a P-51 Mustang. Mahurin flew combat missions again in Korea, flying an F-86 Sabre jet this time and downing 3 MIG-15s. Shot down over North Korea on May 13, 1952, he was captured, imprisoned and tortured. When his captors finally extracted a "confession" from Mahurin, he framed it in such outlandish terms that any Westerner would recognize it as bogus. Col. Mahurin rose to vice commander of the 27th Air Division before retiring from the Air Force in 1956. Thereafter he worked for North American Aviation. Fine condition.
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