MAJOR EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - ENVELOPE SIGNED CIRCA 1943 - HFSID 250658
Sale Price $510.00
EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER
Edward Rickenbacker signs an envelope in black ink.
Envelope signed: "Capt Eddie Rickenbacker", 6½x3¾. Two 3-cents "Win the War" stamps affixed, postmarked Miami, Florida, March 5, 1943. Addressed (unknown hand) to a collector in Florida at lower right margin. Captain Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker (1890-1973) had joined North American Aviation, the parent company of Eastern in 1933 and became its General Manager in 1935, expanding its shipping and travel services. Rickenbacker purchased Eastern in March 1938 and became its President the following month. He remained in Chief Executive positions until his retirement in 1959. "Rick" had attained recognition as a race car driver before commanding the famed 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron during WWI. He downed 26 enemy aircraft, becoming America's greatest Ace and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war, Rickenbacker promoted commercial air travel and the advancement of air power for the U.S. military. During WWII, he was a special representative in the inspection of air bases in the Pacific. Lightly worn at edges. Fine condition.
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