Steve Pisanos of the 4th Fighter Group (USAAF) and No. 71 Squadron (RAF) is credited with 10 aerial victories in WWII has signed this diecast 1:72 model When the United States entered World War II and started establishing air bases in England, the pilots in 'Eagle Squadron' were the only combat experienced American pilots in Europe. A decision was made to integrate them into the official USAF units. However, the pilots had developed strong links between them and preferred to stay in the same units with their present composition as pilots of the newly established 4th Fighter Group. Pisanos lack of American citizenship prevented him from joining a purely American combat unit. At the same time, the Greek government, exiled in London, was recruiting him for one of its new squadrons created in N. Africa. Pisanos colleagues decided the solution was to convince the United States to grant him citizenship under the name of Steve Pisanos, which it did on May 3, 1942, with the help of his commander Colonel Chesley Peterson. Pisanos became the first naturalized American citizen while on foreign soil. Personally hand signed and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from PSA/DNA authentication services. There were only 1510 total pieces produced and were available UNSIGNED. We had The Flying Greek personally hand sign a very limited number of these long sold out planes.
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