"The amazing secret mission that brought down Admiral Yamamoto's aircraft in one of WWII's most historic aerial battles."
YAMAMOTO MISSION: RARE SIGNED PHOTO BY 8 AMERICA ARMY AIRMEN, BARBER, MITCHELL, CANNING, HOLMES, AMES, GOERKE, KITTEL, AND JACOBSON. EXTREMELY RARE GROUP SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH, "Rex Barber", "John W. Mitchell", "Doug Canning", "Besby F. Holmes", "Roger Ames", "Del Goerke", "Louis R. Kittel", and "Julius 'Jack' Jacobson". Operation Vengeance was the American military operation to kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Imperial Japanese Navy on April 18, 1943, during the Solomon Islands campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The mission of the U.S. aircraft was specifically to kill Yamamoto and was based on United States Navy intelligence on Yamamoto's itinerary in the Solomon Islands area. The death of Yamamoto reportedly damaged the morale of Japanese naval personnel, raised the morale of the Allied forces, and was intended as revenge by U.S. leaders who blamed Yamamoto for the attack on Pearl Harbor that initiated the formal state of war between Imperial Japan and the United States. The crash site and body of Admiral Yamamoto were found on April 19, the day after the attack, by a Japanese search-and-rescue party. This extremely rare signed photo by the eight heroic American army airmen who participated in the Yamamoto Mission was accomplished at the April 17, 1988 Yamamoto Mission Retrospective. All eight signatures are in bold black ink. In fine condition.