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Can You Help ID World War
UNKNOWN WW2 PATCHES
Please help identify which units these patches are
from. If you know the Branch (AAF, USN, USMC), the Squadron, Group, Air
Wing, or any other information about a patch listed in the "Unknown" section,
please contact me so that I can post the identity and pass the information
along to the friends & families of the original members of the unit.
Many times a patch has been passed down to family members with little or
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loved one was stationed and what unit he served with.
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SQUADRON PATCHES OF WWII or on any squadron patch thumbnail photo on
the left, and it will open in a new window.
Thanks for helping to increase the shared knowledge
of the Logos, Insignia, Heraldry, and Squadron Patches of World War Two!
Thanks to Nick Devereux for help in identifying
several patches, and adding more unkowns to the page.
Thanks also to; Dustin, Bill, & Grizzly!
And to Terry L Horstead for help in identifying several patches on
the 'unkowns' page.
Subj: ID the patch
Date: 3/2/2003 8:50:45 PM Pacific Standard Time
The patch identified as #x (patch
now moved to correct page & unknown number reassigned) on your
listing is the patch for the 440th Air Base Group and the training squadrons
at Santa Maria Army Air Field. I have the history of the patch, including
a copy of the official drawing from the Air Force Office of Heraldry, pix
of the patch on noses of P-38s at SMAAF, etc., and even the name of the
designer. The following is a quote from part of our history:
"In the fall of 1944 a contest was held at the Santa Maria Army Air
Field (SMAAF) to select a "patch" to represent the base mission, and to
enhance the morale of the personnel assigned. This emblem would be applied
to aircraft assigned to the 440th Air Base Unit, the parent unit at SMAAF,
and provide an "identity" for those serving at the base. Several designs
were submitted. A man assigned to Squadron "E" SSgt. Fred D. Meek, submitted
the winning design. It was submitted to headquarters for approval in October
1944. Sergeant Meek received a war bond for this design, and was featured
in "Fighter Pilot," the base newspaper."
I can send via email a JPEG file of the original artwork, if it would
do you any good. We would love to locate one of the patches like this one,
if you know of a source.
Historian, Santa Maria Museum of Flight.
Thanks To Richard Whitaker for the ID of #xx
sorry, no free jackets today :(
Sqdrn patch #x (patch now moved to correct page
& unknown number reassigned) @ your unknown list is 4th Combat
Cargo Squadron formed 4/15/44 and re designated 329th Troop Carrier Sqdn
on 9/29/45 after service in the CBI theaters and as "Hump Pilots" @ WW2.
Is there a prize for I.D.?
Nothing big....maybe just a mint condition A2 with original first issue
Blood Chits and hand painted squadron insignia?
The patch in square #XX (patch now moved to correct
page & unknown number reassigned) on your unidentified page
is from the 504th PIR of the 82nd AB. If you could return a favor, It would
be great if you could send me a hi-res image of the VT-11 patch. My grandmother's
brother was a member of Torpedo Squadron Eleven on board the USS Hornet
from 1943-1945. He was shot down over Formosa (Taiwan) and never found.
I have never seen an original patch before from VT-11. If you ever want
to sell it please let me know. Thank you,
Re: Unknown # XX (patch
now moved to correct page & unknown number reassigned)
Thanks! That is it. The patch on my grandfather's flight jacket is
so beat up all of the color was missing and part of the image. I also have
a Thanksgiving squadron dinner menu with the image in it as well. Here
is what I can remember off the top of my head....
"Primus cum Maximus" translates to "The First and the Best"
The patch belongs to the 327th Ferry Squadron, Mediterranean Air Transport
Service of which my grandfather (H.W. Ebbett) was a Captain.
I have a TON of his gear, logs, pictures and I am trying to track down
more info on his sqaudron (which led me to your site). I believe their
main base of ops was in Sicily, but he flew all over North Africa, and
carried supplies and troops to Patton during the push into Germany.
I even have a Spokane, Washington newspaper article where he flew a reporter
below sea level (down into the dead sea). :)
I plan on eventually creating a site surrounding what info I have,
just need to dig in and begin!
Thanks for the hi-res image, and if the owner does indeed want to part
with the patch, I would be more than interested in acquiring it!
Thanks, Mark Ebbett
A big thank you to Ed
Smith of Cottage Grove, OR. Thank you for
your generous donation towards the website! All the best to you,
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