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Please help identify the Branch (AAF, USN, USMC), the Squadron, Group, Air Wing, or unit these unknown squadron patches are from. If you know, or have any other information about a patch listed in this 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.
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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 no identification, and the family is looking for information on where their loved one was stationed and what unit he served with.

Please check all the UNKNOWN PATCHES on my website and email me if you Can ID an 'unknown' patch.
** When contacting me regarding an unknown patch listed here, please be sure to list both the title and the unique "Product Code" found towards the bottom of each listing. This will ensure I know which exact patch your are helping to ID.

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Patches that have a price and are not "Sold Out" are mine, and they are indeed for sale and available for immediate purchase through the normal shopping cart checkout procedure. If the quantity is listed as "0 - SOLD OUT", then it is a patch that has been submitted by someone else, and it is not for sale.   

To see the list of "unknown" squadron patches, Click UNKNOWN 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!
Brian
 


Thanks to Nick Devereux for help in identifying several patches, and adding more unkowns to the page.
Great work!
Brian

Thanks also to; Dustin, Bill, & Grizzly!
And to Terry L Horstead for help in identifying several patches on the 'unkowns' page.
Brian


Subj: ID the patch
Date: 3/2/2003 8:50:45 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: wmckee@utech.net

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.
Bill Mckee
Historian, Santa Maria Museum of Flight.


Thanks To Richard Whitaker for the ID of #xx         sorry, no free jackets today  :(
Brian,
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?
Best regards,
Richard Whitaker
Brian,
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,
Tim Hampton
Re: Unknown # XX (patch now moved to correct page & unknown number reassigned)

Hi Brian,
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


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