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Book signed by Bob Hope to Teresa James

Started by diggummup , Jan 03 2015 02:40 PM

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#1 diggummup

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 02:40 PM

I attended an estate sale several years ago and it turned out to be the estate of the pioneering lady pilot Teresa James, a WAF, W.A.S.P. and an original member of the Ninety-Nines. One of the mant items I purchased was this book by Bob Hope "They Got Me Covered". It is in pretty rough condition but it is signed twice by Bob Himself. I like the way he refers to her as "Jesse James" with a little inscription that says "read this when you're flying blind, it's funny that way". Anyway I just wanted to share this little piece of history with you.

 

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Here is some more information on her. http://waspfinalflig...-james-waf.html

 

 PS- It mentions her husband George "Dink" Martin, I also have a cardboard die cut standing photo (approx. 1 foot tall) of him that belonged to her also. It's probably one of the only photos of him that exist. When I find it, I'll post it also. Anyway, thanks for letting me share and reminding us all of the service she gave for her country in a time when women weren't respected as much as they are today. Godspeed Teresa James, they don't make them like you anymore.



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Posted 03 January 2015 - 02:43 PM

Whoaaa !!   i like that !!!   very nice indeed !

 

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 05:33 PM

Very nice! I love WASP items and this is certainly unique!

 

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#4 diggummup

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 01:55 PM

I did a little more research after posting this and found out when Bob Hope probably signed this book. Read this little excerpt that I found on page 7 here- http://webcache.goog...n&ct=clnk&gl=us

 

 

 

Perhaps the most unique mission James flew was to ferry a Fairchild PT-19 to California for use in a movie. On Feb. 17, 1943, she picked up the newplane from the Fairchild factory in Hagerstown,Maryland, and delivered it to the famous aviator Paul Mantz in Hollywood for use in “Ladies Courageous,”a not very accurate movie loosely based on the WAFS program. After delivering the plane on Feb. 22, she became somewhat of a celebrity — she had dinner with Bob Hope and met quite a few movie stars.

 

 

 

 

PS- Now all I have to do is figure out the other signatures on there, lol. Though a couple look like old phone numbers almost.


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 12:50 PM

The "GLadstone 2617"  looks like a telephone number from that time period.



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 09:47 PM

Her husband is buried at Jefferson Barracks Nat. Cem. along with the rest of the crew of the B-17. In a two volume book set written by a fellow WASP ( Schaar?) from St. Louis, James asks her to drive her to JB. to see the grave. The main title of the books escapes me, but the 1st vol is called The WAFS, The second The WASPS. A good many of WWII's AAF crashed aircrews from both the ETO and PTO are buried at JB.

                                                                                        Jon


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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:05 PM

I also had a teacher at Tech school in HS, she was a WASP Rose Penn (Penny) Reece



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Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:59 AM

Her husband is buried at Jefferson Barracks Nat. Cem. along with the rest of the crew of the B-17. In a two volume book set written by a fellow WASP ( Schaar?) from St. Louis, James asks her to drive her to JB. to see the grave. The main title of the books escapes me, but the 1st vol is called The WAFS, The second The WASPS. A good many of WWII's AAF crashed aircrews from both the ETO and PTO are buried at JB.

                                                                                        Jon

 

 

There is a memorial dedication plaque in Joinville Le Pont, France for the 9 American pilots that died there on June 22, 1944, Dink being one of them. I will find the photo stand up I have of him and post it here when I do. It's in storage, I just have to locate the correct box it's in.



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 05:11 AM

Only took me a little more than 2 years to find the photo of Dink, lol. I found a luggage tag that belonged to Teresa as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 12:13 AM

Very cool!



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:53 AM

Just to piggy back on Teresa James...the Pencader Area Historical Association, a small local museum, has her A-2 flight jacket and Type C RAF flight helmet on display... Teresa's affiliation is with the New Castle AAF during WWII...




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