MAJOR EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED 1963 - HFSID 152153
Sale Price $765.00
EDDIE RICKENBACKER. First Day Cover signed: "Capt Eddie Rickenbacker 1963", 6½x3½. FDC for the 5-cent Air Mail stamp, 5-cent Air Mail and 3-cent "Honoring Those Who Have Served" stamps affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., September 25, 1946, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. In the year he signed this FDC, Rickenbacker retired as Chairman of the Board of Eastern Airlines. After serving as President of the airline in the early 1930s, he purchased Eastern in 1938 and oversaw its growth from a transport and airmail business into one of the largest airlines in the U.S. Captain Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973) commanded the famed 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron. He downed 26 enemy aircraft, becoming America's "Ace of Aces", and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the War, the former auto racer developed his own auto manufacturing company, the Rickenbacker Motor Company (1922-1927), and he would later manage and then own the Indianapolis Speedway as well as Eastern. Rickenbacker, who battled Germany's Red Baron Flying Circus and survived a 1941 commercial airline crash, cheated death once again during WWII. Acting as Special Consultant to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, "Rick" was aboard a B-17-D "Flying Fortress" when it crashed into the Pacific Ocean. From October 21 until November 13, 1942, the survivors of the eight-man crew floated in three small lifeboats in the shark-infested waters until their rescue. Rickenbacker detailed the ordeal in his book, Seven Came Through (1943). Slightly soiled. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 23½x19½.
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