AMERICAN FIGHTER ACE
Major/Gen Charlie Bond
Signed Special Edition
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enclosed with a photograph still of
Major/Gen Charlie Bond
"American Fighter Ace" , The small lower window of the mount holds
the original sheet of Paper/Card
hand signed by Major/Gen Charlie Bond These signed Mounts are extremely
RARE and very collectable . Only a small amount were ever signed
These autographs are very RARE and
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Charles Rankin Bond, Jr. (April 22, 1915 – August 18, 2009) was an American pilot and United States Air Force officer. He served with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China during World War II. He was shot down twice and was credited with shooting down nine and a half Japanese airplanes. He later served in the Soviet Union as an aide and personal pilot to Averell Harriman. He rose to the level of brigadier general and, during the Vietnam War, he was the deputy commanding officer of the 2nd Air Division in Vietnam and the 13th Air Force in the Philippines. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1968 as commander of theTwelfth Air Force. In 1984, Bond's diary of his service with the Flying Tigers was published and became a bestseller.
pon learning in June 1941 about the formation of the American Volunteer Group under the command of Claire Chennault, Bond immediately volunteered and departed in September 1941 to serve in the Pacific.After stops in Hawaii, Java, and Singapore, he arrived in Burma on November 12, 1941. The unit, based in Burma and China, was tasked with protecting supply routes between China and Burma and with supplying Chinese forces fighting the Japanese. The group was credited with shooting down 299 Japanese aircraft. It became known as the "Flying Tigers". After seeing a picture of a Royal Air Force plane in North Africa, the group painted a shark mouth on the nose of their planes. Bond was the first to paint his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Bond was credited with shooting down nine and a half Japanese aircraft, including three during a single 1942 mission. Bond was also shot down twice during his Flying Tigers service: in May 1942, he was shot down over Paoshan, China, and he parachuted into a cemetery after his plane and clothing caught fire. He was hospitalized, but returned to combat and was shot down again in June 1942; he suffered head injuries but returned to combat within a week.
The Flying Tigers received $500 for each Japanese plane they shot down, and Bond used the money to help his parents buy a house. He was awarded China's Order of the Cloud and Banner, fifth grade, andSeven Star Wing Medal for his service in the Flying Tigers. In addition to the Chinese decorations, Bond was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and several other service and campaign medals.
Bond returned to the United States in 1942 and was honored by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the most outstanding young men in Texas. In October 1942, he rejoined the Army Air Corps. During the latter part of the war, Bond served as an aide and the personal pilot for Averell Harriman, the American ambassador to the Soviet Union during the war. In that position, Bond met Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and many Russian officials. Bond was forced to make an emergency landing at Stalingrad after the famous battle for that city.