WITH A LARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF WWII ACE BOB BARKEY, SIGNED BY HIM
(WORLD WAR II—AVIATION) ETHELL, Jeffrey L.; SAND, Robert T. Fighter Command. (Osceola, WI): Motorbooks International, (1991). Oblong quarto, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $250.
First edition, with a 6 by 9-inch black-and-white World War II-era photograph of WWII ace Bob Barkey tipped to the front free endpaper, signed by him.
Robert Merrill Barkey was assigned to "Checkertail Clan" (325th FG, 319th FS) after his initial training. Barkey began flying P-40s in Africa, and after changing to fly the P-47 in late 1943, was moved to Italy. Barkey became an Ace on June 6, 1944 when he shot down an Me 109 while flying a P-51 Mustang. He flew 53 combat missions in WWII, recording five confirmed victories, one probable.
Book fine, some foxing and tape reinforcement to verso of bright dust jacket, near-fine.