Signed Memo War Department - Lester J. Mainland For Sale
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Signed memo fromLester James Maitland.Lester James Maitland(February 8, 1899 - March 27, 1990) was anaviationpioneer and career officer in theUnited States Army Air Forcesand its predecessors. Maitland began his career as aReservepilot in theU.S. Army Air ServiceduringWorld War Iand rose to brigadier general in theMichigan Air National GuardfollowingWorld War II. In 1927 Maitland and Lt.Albert F. Hegenbergercompleted the first transpacific flight from California to Hawaii. Although the recognition accorded them was less in comparison with the adulation givenCharles Lindberghfor his transatlantic flight only five weeks earlier, Maitland and Hegenberger's feat was arguably more significant from a navigational stand point.Maitland continued his career in theAir Corps, serving in combat as abombardment groupcommander during World War II. He later became the first director of the Wisconsin Aeronautics Commission and the Director ofCivil Defensefor the state of Michigan before changing professions and becoming an Episcopal minister.