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General Ira C. Eaker Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

GENERAL IRA C. EAKER
Born: April 13, 1896 in Field Creek, Texas
Died: August 6, 1987 in Camp Springs, Maryland
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IRA EAKER (1896-1987) made the first transcontinental flight purely on instruments (1936). During WWII, he personally led the first U.S. B-17 bomber strike against German occupation forces in France, the bombing of Rouen, August 17, 1942. In June 1944, after being transferred to the Mediterranean, he flew the first bombing raid from Italy into Germany, landing in the Soviet Union after striking factory and oil installations and other military targets. In 1944, he was named Commander of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces. In 1970, Eaker was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
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