WW2 - AAF Squadron/Group Insignia
There were only 93 helicopter pilots and 335 helicopter mechanics during WW2. Training was under the USAAF Flying Training Command and starting June of 1944, operated out of Freeman Field, Seymore, Ind. with five instructors flying R-4 Helicopters. These men served in the CBI with Helicopter Rescue and Air Commando units or participated in convoy scouting operations along North Atlantic routes. A very rare patch indeed. Last one I know of that was sold, was in excess of $800.
A theater made, embroidered on felt breast patch for the 3rd Air Depot Group, 14th AAf that was stationed out of Agra, India. The patch measures 4 7/8" in diameter and has been personalized with the owners name on the top. It has one small spot of damage on the scroll at the bottom, but still a nice CBI made patch.
This is a neat painted on thick leather patch for the 374th Support Squadron of the 374th Troop Carrier Group and 374th Operations Group of the 5th AAF. This squadron flew personnel and parts in the Pacific Theater during WW2. They were stationed at Brisbane AAB, Australia from March 1, 1942 and then operated from Nadzab Airfield, New Guinea from June 15, 1944 till the end of the war. The patch is 4 1/2" in diameter and is in excellent condition.
Here is a great looking silk scarf measuring 47" long by 14" wide with an embroidered 4 3/4" dia. 20th Bomb Squadron patch at the one end. The 20th Bomb Sq. was part of the 2nd Bomb Group of the 12th, then the 15th AAF serving in the Mediterranean Theater. Most scarves you find are CBI Theater, here is a nice theater made from the Med. theater.
A used, but not abused, theater made version of the 64th Fighter Wing patch. The patch measures 4 5/8" by 3 3/8". It has some staining but is right as rain. This unit was comprised of the following Fighter Groups: 27th, 50th, 86th, 324th and 358th. They were involved in Africa, Italy and European campaigns. Good shape.