CARL SPAATZ Eight weeks after Japan surrendered, the General who directed the atomic bombs to be dropped, sends his autograph. TLS: “Carl Spaatz”, 1p, 8×10½. Headquarters, Army Air Forces, Washington, 1945 October 29. To Albert Ferguson, New Rochelle, N.Y. In full: “Thank you for your letter of October 1st, and for your interest in the Air Force. I am happy to fulfill your request for an autograph, and also enclose a reproduction of our US Strategic Air Forces shoulder insignia for your collection.” Insignia not present. Carl Spaatz became Lieutenant General in March 1943. He took command of United States Strategic Air Forces in January 1944 and led the air war against Germany until the war’s end in Europe. He got his fourth star in March 1945. In July 1945, Spaatz moved his headquarters to the Pacific Ocean theater with the 20th Air Force as his main strike force. It was there that he received the order from the War Department for the 509 Composite Group of the 20th Air Force to drop atomic bombs on Japan. Lightly creased. Light paper clip impression at upper left margin. Overall, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 258009
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