Military Army Air Forces Patches

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Information extracted from the book
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission

All army air force insignia shown with dates after 26 July 1947 became units within the newly established United States Air Force.

Mediterianean Air Force patch
Mediterranean Air Force

Worn from:  4 September 1944 - Late 1940's.

The wings symbolize air forces.  The blue lines suggest the waters of the Mediterranean where the command operated.  The letters indicate the unit's designated.  Activated December 1943.

Continental Air Commun patch
Air Command

Worn from:  14 October 1949 - 1 July 1950.

The star and wings are the traditional symbol for United States Air Forces and they are shown in a protective attitude embracing a map of the continental United States.  Activated 1 December 1948 at Mitchell Air Force Base, New York.

Army Airways Commun patch
Army Airways Command

Worn from:  13 April 1943 - 13 March 1946 (Unauthorized).

Worn by local authority.

A globe of the world indicates the unit's global mission.  The airplane emitting a series of Morse code dots and dashes in a red vapor trail indicates the communications aspect of the unit.  The lightning bolt traditionally represents electronic communication.  Activation date unknown.

Cuban Air Force Patch
Cuban Air Force

Worn from:  1942 - 1945.

The wings are the symbol for air forces and the white star within a red triangle represents the Cuban national flag.  Worn by Cuban nationals training in the United States.

Philippine AF patch 1
Philippine Air Force

Worn from:  1939 - 20 September 1941 (Unauthorized).

The origin of the design is unknown.

Philippine AF patch 2
Philippine Air Force

Worn from:  20 September 1941 - 28 October 1941 (Unauthorized).

The origin of the design is unknown.

AF Ferring Cmd patch
AF Ferrying Cmd

Worn from:  29 May 1941 - 20 June 1942.

The design suggests a stylized aircraft flying above the globe.  The red and blue lines at the edge of the patch form the Morse code letters "ACFC."  Activated 29 May 1941 as the Air Corps Ferrying Command.

AF Air Trans Cmd patch
AF Air Trans Cmd

Worn from:  20 June 1942 - 28 May 1948.

Worn by local approval only.

The design substitutes a silver disk for the yellow of the Air Corps Ferrying Command.  The Morse code, however, spells out "AFATC," the designated name of the unit.  Activated 20 June 1942 at Washington D.C.

Air Trans Cmd Contract Carrier Pers patch
Air Trans Cmd
Contr Carrier Pers

Worn from:  June 1942 - Late 1945.

The design is based on the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

ak ac patch

Worn from:  20 May 1947 - Unknown.

The single-folded wing represents the command's association with the Eleventh Air Force.  The Big Dipper and North Star represent the northern skies of Alaska.  Activated 18 December 1945.

12th tac patch
12th TAC

Worn from:  Early 1944 - 10 November 1947.

Approved for local wear only.

The colors are those of army air forces.  A winged sword pointed downward represents the destructive power of the command.  The roman numeral twelve indicates the unit's designation.

Air Material Cmd patch
Air Material Cmd

Worn from:  26th May 1947 - 1 February 1950.

The winged star is the traditional army air force symbol.  The spur gear around the star symbolizes technical support that the command provides.  Activated March 1946 at Wright Field, Ohio.