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Rare original W.A.S.P. shoulder sleeve patch. Embroidered on tan twill with a cheese cloth backing with age and some wear.
Measures 2 1/2"
Women's Airforce Service Pilots flew non-combat missions during World War II to free men for combat. Although the Air Force trained only about 1,200 WASP's, they had an enormous impact on World War II aviation.
Women pilots assigned to the Air Transport Command ferried forty-three types of aircraft, including small primary trainers, the fastest fighters, heavy transports, and huge bombers, from factories to bases throughout the United States and Canada. They towed targets, took meteorologists up for weather observations, transported equipment, broke in engines, and flew as couriers.
A rare 8th Air Force 305th Bomb Group "Can Do" English made group patch in near mint condition. Embroidered with silk thread on wool.
Measures 3 7/8" x 3"
305th BG (Heavy) consisted of 364/365/366/422 Squadrons flying B17's out of Cheleveston, Northamptonshire
Here is a 92nd Bomb Group (Heavy) based at Alconbury,England patch. Embroidered on wool. Some age and wear.
Measures 5 3/4" x 5"
92nd Flew B17's attached squadrons were 325/326/327 and 407
An English made "Mighty Eighth" patch embroidered in silk thread. Early war "stubby" wing 8th Air Force. Removed from uniform used with age and light service wear.
A U.S. Army Air Corps Airborne Troop Carrier patch. English made example in near mint condition. Silk embroidered on wool.
Measures 3 1/2" x 2 3/4"
IX Troop Carrier Command consisted of three troop carrier wings, 14 troop carrier groups, and one pathfinder group, totalling approximately 1380 operational aircraft including spares, and 2,000 gliders at its maximum strength in March 1945.
IX Troop Carrier Command conducted three multi-divisional combat air assaults:
Operation Neptune: the invasion of France in June 1944,
Operation Market: the airborne invasion of the Netherlands in September 1944,
Operation Varsity: the airborne crossing of the Rhine River in March 1945
An American made Airborne Troop Carrier patch in good condition. Fully embroidered example.
1st troop Carrier Command patch, embroidered on twill in very good condition.
Measures 3" x 2 7/8"
The command's mission was specialized training of combat crews for the air assault/air resupply mission tasked to the Army Air Forces. It was responsible directly to AAF Headquarters for the majority of the war, TCC coordinated its activity with the Army Air Forces Training Command, from which it drew its crews.
A U.S. Cuba Air Force patch, American made embroidered patch.
An Aussie made 5th Air Force patch, Excellent workmanship but a small moth nip above the second star bottom right.
A IX Aviation Engineers Command patch, American made, fully embroidered example in near mint condition.
The IX Engineer Command was responsible for the building, defending and maintaining of close air support and evacuation airfields during the European campaign in World War II.
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