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.

Air Technical Cmd Patch
Air Technical 

Worn from:  6 June 1945 - 9 March 1946.

The winged star is the symbol for army air forces.  The spur gear symbolizes technical support.  The letters "ATSCE" are the unit's designation.  Activated 10 February 1945.

Abn Troop Carrier Patch
Abn Troop Carrier

Worn from:  1943 - 1945.

Approved for local wear only.

The winged star is the symbol for army air forces.  The parachute and glider plane suggest the nature of the unit's mission, to carry troops and supplies into combat.  The letters indicate the unit's designation.

I TCC Patch

Worn from:  Mid - 1942 - 4 November 1945.

Approved for local wear only.

The design is based on the approved aircraft markings and distinctive insignia.  A large bird, carrying a paratrooper holding a tommy gun, represents the command's mission to deliver quickly soldiers into battle.  The Latin motto "vincit qui primum gerit" translate to "he conquers who gets there first."  Activated 4 July 1942 at Stout Field, Indiana.

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Women's Aux Ferrying Sqdn

Worn from:  1 September 1942 - 1 December 1944.

The design pays tribute to women who flew all manner of aircraft and, as the headgear would demonstrate, many times in open-cockpit aircraft.  Activated September 1942 at New Castle Army Air Base, Delaware.

IX Engr Cmd Patch
IX Engr Cmd

Worn from:  6 June 1945 - Late 1940's.

The winged star is the symbol of army air forces.  The roman numeral mine indicates the unit's designation.  The three lines in the red disk, symbolizing aircraft runways, suggest the mission of the command -- to provide air fields for the Ninth Air Force.  Activates 30 March 1944 in England.

ATC Patch

Worn from:  14 October 1949 - Early 1950's.

The colors of the patch represent those traditional to the air force.  The torch of knowledge is symbolic of learning and provides the air force, represented by the star and wings, with technical education and flight training.  The original training command was established 7 July 1943 at Fort Worth, Texas.  In 1949, the command moved to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois under its new designation.

Mil Air Trans Svc Patch
Mil Air Trans Svc

Worn from:  22 June 1948 - Mid 1950's.

The wings suggest the nature of the mission of Military Air Transport Service.  The three crossed arrows are from the seal of the Department of National Defense representing the three armed forces served by Military Air Transport Service.  The globe indicates the scope of operations.  Activated 1 June 1948 at Gravelly Point, Virginia.


Worn from:  6 October 1952 - 14 November 1969.

The origin and significance of the design is unknown.

WASP Patch

Worn from:  September 1942 - December 1944.

No record could be found of an official interpretation of the insect and lightning bolts pictured.  Activated September 1942 at Houston, Texas.

Manhattan Dist Proj patch
ManhattanDist Proj

Worn from:  16 August 1945 - 31 December 1946.

The patch depicts a small army service forces insignia in the center of a white question mark that ends in a lightning flash.  The flash and the small disc at the bottom indicate the smashing of an atom.

Avn Engr Patch 1
Avn Engr

Worn from:  Early 1941 - Late 1946 (Unauthorized).

Worn at the discretion of the local base commander.  A combat engineer riding a winged tractor suggests the building and fighting nature of the Aviation Engineers.  In front of the tractor is a piece of steel matting used to construct runways.  Activation date unknown.  Initial training of these units began at Westover Field, Massachusetts.

Avn Engr patch 2
Avn Engr 2

Worn from:  28 March 1951 - 25 May 1956.

The shield shape indicates the defensive nature of the unit.  The winged castle on a blue background symbolizes aviation and the engineering mission of the unit.  The red battlements on a white background represent the engineer branch of service.