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As a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot in World War II, Brooks "Pappy" Liles [1923- 2008] was hit by ground fire after shooting down an enemy aircraft. He crashed near Prague, Czechoslovakia and both Liles and a fellow pilot who attempted to rescue him were captured and held prisoner until the end of the war. Returning to service in Korea, Liles was credited with shooting down four Mig-15s, thus becoming a U.S. Air Force Ace. He retired in 1965 as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Fine .
Keywords: AVIATION; UNITED STATES AIR FORCE; ACE PILOT; U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL; FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II AND KOREAN WAR FIGHTER PILOT BROOKS J. LILES; SIGNATURE; AUTOGRAPH; FREE FRANK.