Lot 729

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Very rare leather patch worn by a pilot member of the famed 'Zemke's Wolf Pack", the 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force which accumulated over 1,000 kills in the skies of Europe in the latter part of World War II. The 5.5 in. dia. heavy leather patch bears a painted image of the group's insignia, a growling bulldog sporting a pair of battle-ready boxing gloves emblazoned with lightning bolts. At some point, the name of the group was added to the patch, possibly during the war years. The patch bears the name of its owner 'Woodward' on the reverse in black pencil. This relic emanates from the estate of 56th Pursuit Squadron veteran pilot JOHN ARTHUR 'WOODY' WOODWARD (1919-1995). Woodward enlisted in the A.A.F. in 1943 and received his training at Mitchel Field and Sother Field before being transferred to the 56th in the U.K. The patch is accompanied by a 3 x 3.5 in. original candid photo of Woodward wearing a flight jacket with a similar, if not the same patch, standing beside an A.A.F. officer, possible Hubert 'Hub' Zemke himself. Fine condition, showing genuine age cracking to the paint.

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June 15, 2023 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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