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Here we have a set of 16 original period patches for the U.S. Army Air Forces.
This is a printed CBI patch, printed two piece construction on cotton. Used and removed from uniform.
Here is a printed CBI patch, three piece construction each piece printed on cotton finished with a cloth backing in good condition.
Measures 3" x 2 5/16"
A quality theater made CBI patch, overall good condition with some age. Three piece construction with the Sun of China and Star of India are hand embroidered on blue over silk printed national colours and finished with cotton backing to the rear which has some pulls and nips.
Measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/2"
A quality theater made CBI patch, three piece construction with the Sun of China and Star of India are hand embroidered on blue over a silk printed national colours and finished with cotton backing to the rear.
Measures 3" x 2 3/16"
An Army Air Force Air Transport Command set of patches in bullion thread, some age and tarnishing to the AAF patch, together with a rare bullion AAF.ATC title also in bullion thread. Both are matching period pieces.
Air Transport Command (ATC) was a United States Air Force unit that was created during World War II as the strategic airlift component of the United States Army Air Forces.
It had two main missions, the first being the delivery of supplies and equipment between the United States and the overseas combat theaters; the second was the ferrying of aircraft from the manufacturing plants in the United States to where they were needed for training or for operational use in combat. ATC also operated a worldwide air transportation system for military personnel.
A good embroidered AFC collar insignia on an un-cut strip as manufactured.
Collar measures 1 1/4"
A German made silk USAAE patch, used and removed from uniform.
Measures 2 1/2"
Shortly after VE-Day, the United States Army Air Forces in Europe began to demobilize. In May 1945, USSTAF consisted of about 17,000 aircraft and about 500,000 personnel. In Europe the aim was to maintain a small USAAF organization, exclusively for communication and transport purposes. On 7 August 1945, the United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF) was redesignated as the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). Headquarters USAFE was relocated to Wiesbaden, Germany, on 28 September 1945. By the end of 1946, the American Air Force in Europe was reduced drastically, to around 75,000 personnel and less than 2,000 aircraft.
US Air Force Europe 1945 Patch
A German made silk USAAE patch, mint un-issued
Measures 2 1/2"
A USAAE patch, fully embroidered example.
Measures 2 3/4"
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