The upper plaque on the memorial. It reads
General Ira C. Eaker
Aviation Pioneer and Airpower Leader
General Ira C. Eaker was a farm boy from Eden, Texas who became one of
history's most famous air commanders. From April 15, 1942 to December 1, 1943
General Eaker commanded VIII Bomber Command (later redesignated Eighth Air
Force) from his command post in the Wycombe Abby School for Girls. From this
base, known during World War II by the codename "Pinetree," General Eaker
directed "The Mighty Eighth" in the precision daylight bombardment of Nazi
Germany clearing the way for the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day. He was
never one for long-winded speeches, but shortly after his arrival in High
Wycombe, the town mayor invited General Eaker to address a large gathering of
townspeople. This is the full text of his speech ...
"We won't do much talking until we've done more fighting. After we've gone, we
hope you'll be glad we came."
This sculpture, depicting General Eaker as he appeared when he served at High
Wycombe, was sculpted by Lt. Colonel Jerry McKenna who was commander at High
Wycombe Air Station between 1975 and 1978.