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Lot 1443: Patch and Photographs for the 414th Night Fighter Squadron

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Patch for the 414th Night Fighter Squadron and Photographs for the Same, Attributed to a Pilot of the 414th

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Patch for the 414th Night Fighter Squadron and Photographs for the Same, Attributed to a Pilot of the 414th

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The grouping includes a bullion patch for the 414th Night Fighter Squadron (depicting a black panther pouncing through a night sky), and a number of photographs. Among the photos are shots of unidentified aircraft/unit insignia, shots of the P-61 "Black Widow" night fighter, and pictures of American aviators and ground crew, three of which are labeled as men/officers of the 414th. Two of the 414th pictures (one of a single officer and a group shot in the Officer's Club with notations) and the patch are noted to a "Lieutenant Frank Northcutt"; online records confirm a Grover Frank Northcutt of McFarlan, North Carolina as a pilot and officer with the 414th and three time recipient of the Air Medal. A college instructor, business manager and talented singer in civilian life, Northcutt was with the 414th when they earned the Presidential Unit Citation for action over the Anzio Beachhead, and returned to service for Korea as an instructor for night fighters. Provenance: The Putnam Green/Sycamore Collection

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Very good overall.



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