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Lt. Col. John C. Meyer (autographed by Gen. John Meyer)(SOLD)

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Frame Size: 16" x 20" ~ autograph 3" x 5" index card signed in ink by: General John C. Meyer. Comes with a COA.

 

 

Lt. Col. John C. Meyer

 

487th F.S./352nd F.G. ~ 8th USAAF/ETO ~ (24.00 victories)

4th F.I.W. ~ Korea ~ (2.00 victories)

(26.00 victories) 

 

 John C. Meyer started his flying career when he graduated from flying school in 1940. Three years later, Meyer was the Commanding Officer of the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, known as "The Blue-nosed Bastards of Bodney", based in Bodney, England. Flying a P-47 Thunderbolt, serial number 42-8529 (HO-M), which he called "Lambie", Major Meyer had the first air-to-air victory by a 352nd pilot, downing a Messerschmitt Bf-109 on November 26, 1943. The 487th Fighter Squadron transitioned to the P-51B in April 1944, and now Lt. Col. Meyer flew s/n 42-106471 (HO-M), known as "Lambie II". On May 8, 1944, he led a flight of eight P-51s against a large formation of enemy fighters. He destroyed three Bf-109s, and was awarded his first Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor. On November 21, 1944, while flying Petie 3rd, a P-51D Mustang, s/n 44-15041 (HO-M), he shot down three more Focke-Wulf Fw-190s, and was awarded his second Distinguished Service Cross. This is the day depicted in the painting "Full House, Aces High". Meyer was awarded his third Distinguished Service Cross for a mission on January 1, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge. A group of approximately 50 German Luftwaffe Bf-109s and Fw-190s attacked the Y-29 airfield in Belgium, where the 487th had been recently deployed. Leading a group of twelve P-51s, and taking off with full wing tanks, Meyer shot down one Fw-190 just after retracting his landing gear. He destroyed another Fw-190, and the 487th destroyed 23 enemy fighters that day, losing only one to friendly fire. On January 9, 1945, Meyer was injured in an automobile accident that ended his WWII career. Sgt. James O. Bleidner, 487th Fighter Squadron Armorer, provides additional insight with his article "Personal Observations about J.C. Meyer". In the Korean War, Colonel Meyer was the Commanding Officer of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing, and downed two MiG-15s while flying the F-86 Sabre, making him the seventh ranked all time Air Force ace with 26 air and 13 ground victories. He became a Four Star General and was Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command. Besides the three Distinguished Service Cross, he was awarded the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with five oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the French Croix de Guerre, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

 

 

 

General Meyer passed away December 2, 1975

 


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