AMERICAN GENERAL WRITES ON THE DEATH OF AVIATION PIONEER ROSCOE TURNER
GENERAL IRA C. EAKER TYPED LETTER SIGNED, "Ira C. Eaker", 7.25 x 10.5, on his personal letterhead, July 7, 1970, Washington, D. C., the U. S. General writes Mrs. Roscoe Turner. In part: "It was a matter of extreme regret that I was unable to get out to Indianapolis for Roscoe's funeral and pay my last respects to this great American...Roscoe and I worked...the early 1930's at the Cleveland Air Races...certainly, no one in my time has made a greater contribution to the advancement of civil aviation in this country...many of his friends...have uniformly praised the example Roscoe set and the great dedication he gave to the welfare of our people and the security of our country." In fine condition.
General Ira Clarence Eaker (1896-1987) was a general of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Eaker, as second-in-command of the prospective Eighth Air Force, was sent to England to form and organize its bomber command. He personally participated in the first US B-17 Flying Fortress bomber strike against German occupation forces in France, bombing Rouen on August 17, 1942.
Roscoe Turner (September 29, 1895 – June 23, 1970) was a record-breaking American aviator who was a three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy air race, and widely recognized by his flamboyant style and his pet lion named Gilmore.