GENERAL CURTIS E. LEMAY - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: GENERAL FRANK F. EVEREST, GENERAL EMMETT "ROSIE" O'DONNELL JR., LT. GENERAL BARNEY McKINNEY GILES, EDITH EVEREST - HFSID 24275
WORLD WAR II GENERALS: CURTIS LeMAY, FRANK EVEREST, EMMETT O'DONNELL, JR., BARNEY McKINNEY GILES and OTHERS Fragment from a guestbook signed by four World War II generals. Three of these generals commanded three planes on a record-breaking B-29 flight from Hokkaido, Japan to Chicago, Illinois in 1945. Signatures:
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WORLD WAR II GENERALS: CURTIS LeMAY, FRANK EVEREST, EMMETT O'DONNELL, JR., BARNEY McKINNEY GILES and OTHERS
Fragment from a guestbook signed by four World War II generals. Three of these generals commanded three planes on a record-breaking B-29 flight from Hokkaido, Japan to Chicago, Illinois in 1945.
Signatures: "F.F. Everest Brig Gen U.S.A.", "Barney M. Giles Lieut Gen Air Force", "Emmett Rosie ODonnell Brig Gen USA", "Edith Everest Washington DC", "Curtis E. Le May Maj Gen U.S.A" and by five unidentified signers. Pencil notations in unknown hand. 9½x4½. No place, no date, but circa 1944-1948. LeMay, O'Donnell and Giles, who are identified and grouped by the pencil notations on this page, all took part in an extraordinary record-breaking nonstop flight from the Japanese island of Hokkaido to Washington, a trip of 6,762 miles. The three commanded three specially prepared and lightened B-29 bombers, which took off from Mizutani, Hokkaido, Japan at 6:15 a.m. on Sept. 15, 1945. Due to poor weather conditions in Washington, DC, the planes were forced to land in Chicago, Illinois at 9:54 p.m on Sept. 16, 1945. Despite falling short, the mission could claim four records: it was the longest flight in Air Force history, the first nonstop flight from Japan to the United States, the fastest nonstop flight of its distance and the first great circle flight in history (a great circle course follows a course that, if continued around the Earth, would split the globe into two equal halves). Highly decorated for his combat service in the 305th Bombardment Group's B-17 bombers, CURTIS LEMAY (1906-1990) was made Brigadier General in 1943 and Major General in 1944. In August 1944, he became Commander of the operating force of the 20th Air Force in the China-Burma-India theatre. In July 1945, LeMay became Chief of Staff of General Spaatz' Strategic Air Forces, planning the atomic bomb missions. After the war, now Lieutenant General, he was named Commander of the air forces in Europe and directed the airlift of supplies to Berlin, under blockade by Soviet forces, in Germany in 1948. LeMay became General in 1951 and served as Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1961-1965. In 1968, he was the Vice Presidential candidate on the American Independent Party ticket headed by Alabama Governor George C. Wallace. The hawkish LeMay was reportedly the model for General "Jack Ripper" in the black comedy film, Dr Strangelove. FRANK FORT EVEREST (1904-1983) was Brigadier General from June 1944-April 1948. In May 1951, Major General Everest was named commanding general of the Fifth Air Force, Far East Forces in Korea. He later served as Director of the Joint Staff of the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1953-1954). EDITH EVEREST was his wife. EMMETT O'DONNELL, JR. (1906-1972, born in Brooklyn, New York) was an American pilot who led the first bomber attack on Tokyo after the 1942 Doolittle raid. O'Donnell entered the war a major and fought at the Philippines, Bataan and Mindanao. He rose steadily in the ranks until he was promoted to brigadier general in 1944. O'Donnell trained with the 73rd Bomb Wing for the raid on Tokyo, which took place on Nov. 24, 1944. Not only was the raid the first against Tokyo since General James Doolittle's raid in 1942, it was also the first B-29 raid against the city. After World War II, he organized the Far East Bomber Command in Japan during the Korean War. He was made commander in chief of Pacific Air Forces from 1959 to1963 and retired a full general. BARNEY McKINNEY GILES (1892-1984, born near Mineola, Texas) was an Army Air Corps officer during World War II who was instrumental in promoting the use of long-range fighter planes like the P-38, P-47 and P-51. These planes, when used as bomber escorts, profoundly changed the air war against Nazi Germany. He was appointed chief of the Air Staff by General Henry "Hap" Arnold in 1943. Arnold suffered four heart attacks between 1943 and 1945, which meant that Giles often served as acting head of the Army Air Corps. He became deputy commander of the 20th Air Force in the Pacific in 1945 and helped direct B-29 raids against Japan and the atomic bomb attacks that ended the Pacific war. He retired in 1946 as a major general and worked for civilian aeronautics companies for 13 years after the war. Worthy of further research. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled, lightly shaded at lower and left margin. Torn at right blank edge from removal from bound book. Autograph note fragment on verso (unknown hand) light show through. Overall, fine condition.
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