Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1444: Grouping of Women Airforce Service Pilot Memorabilia

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Grouping of Women Airforce Service Pilot Memorabilia, Including a Training Yearbook and Leather Patch

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Grouping of Women Airforce Service Pilot Memorabilia, Including a Training Yearbook and Leather Patch

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The grouping includes a leather-bound yearbook from the 318th Army Air Force Flight Training Detachment in Sweetwater, Texas, class W-2, a 5 3/8 inches wide painted leather patch, two enamel lapel pins, and a set of silver flight wings with "318th" in a banner above the shield and "W6" on the shield. The yearbook, patch and lapel pins prominently feature "Fifinella", a character originally designed for a Walt Disney film of the Roald Dahl book "The Gremlins"; while the film never got off the ground due to complications caused by Dahl's status as an active member of the Royal Air Force and uncertainty about the original creator of the 'gremlin' legend, the character was adopted by the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) as a unit insignia. Established during WWII, the WASPs performed non-combat aviation in support of the war effort, ferrying aircraft, test-flying repaired planes, and towing targets for aerial gunnery practice. WASPs handled about half of the US Army's ferrying duties during the war and were called upon to fly the majority of the planes in America's inventory. A note attached to the back of the patch attributes it and the yearbook as being from the same WASP, as well as an included photograph, but the note does not name the pilot. Provenance: The Putnam Green/Sycamore Collection

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Very good, with mild wear and handling marks overall.



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