James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (1896-1993) Typed Letter Signed, "Jim", 7.25 x 10.5, one page, on the American general and aviation pioneer's personal letterhead, March 25, 1989, to the wife of aviation pioneer Roscoe Turner thanking her for a card and kind words on the death of the Generals wife. Doolittle and Turner made early coast-to-coast flights and won many flying races. Doolittle most significantly, helped develop instrument flying. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for personal valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid on the Japanese homeland following the attack on Pearl Harbor. In fine condition.
Following the reorganization of the Army Air Corps into the USAAF in June 1941, Doolittle was promoted and assigned to Army Air Forces Headquarters to plan the first retaliatory air raid on the Japanese homeland following the attack on Pearl Harbor. On April 18, 1942 Doolittle and his 16 B-25 crews took off from the USS Hornet, reached Japan, and bombed their targets. Fifteen of the planes then headed for their recovery airfield in China, while one crew chose to land in Russia due to their bomber's unusually high fuel consumption. As did most of the other crewmen who participated in the one-way mission, Doolittle and his crew bailed out safely over China when their B-25 ran out of fuel. He and his crew linked up after the bailout and were helped through Japanese lines by Chinese guerrillas and an American missionary. Doolittle was promoted to Brigadier General the next day and was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the raid.
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 Gilmore the Lion.