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#90 - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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The president inscribes a distinguished portrait to renowned ace ‘Billy’ Bishop, as he gives his blessing to the recruitment of American pilots in advance of World War II
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Matte-finish 8.25 x 11.5 Harris and Ewing photo, signed and inscribed in the lower border in fountain pen as president, “For Air Marshall William Bishop, from his friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Matted and framed to an overall size of 16.5 x 20. In fine condition, with some scattered silvering to darker portions of image. He had already established himself as a national hero with an amazing 72 victories during World War I. At the outbreak of World War II, Bishop established a recruitment agency on behalf of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, which sought to train 50,000 pilots by tapping the US aviation industry for pilots and crewmen. Bishop, along with Clayton Knight and Homer Smith, met with President Roosevelt at the White House in March of 1939, outlining their objectives. Despite Roosevelt’s initial choice of neutrality in the rising conflict, the newly-named Clayton White Committee opened recruitment offices in several major US cities. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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