Auction Date:2012 May 23 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:5 Rt 101A Suite 5, Amherst, New Hampshire, 03031, United States
One-of-a-kind hand-painted eight-inch diameter “Satan’s Angles,” theater patch made for a P-38 Lightning pilot. Center of the patch bears an image of the 431st Fighter Squadron "Hades" with a winged halo above his head painted against a blue background with the five yellow stars of the gold cross, representing the Southern Cross, an homage to the group’s formation in Australia. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light soiling, and some light crazing to leather. Accompanied by two original glossy 2 x 2.5 candid snapshots from the 431st squadron base during World War II, one of a sign for the squadron stating “We take death into the skies,” the other features airplane art of the devil on the nose of a plane.
During World War II, the 475th Fighter Group (Satan’s Angels), in combat for approximately two years, completed 3042 missions (21,701 sorties), and shot down 551 Japanese aircraft. On the other hand, the Group lost only 56 planes to the Japanese. During the war, the Group took part in seven campaigns, and was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations for outstanding performance of duty in action. The unit boasted such ‘Aces’ of the Pacific War as Col. Charles MacDonald (27), Capt. Daniel T. Roberts (14), Lt. Francis J. Lent (11), Lt. Col. John S. Loisel (11), and Capt. Elliot Summer (10), plus many more.