Military Army Air Forces Patches

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Information extracted from the book
"US ARMY PATCHES"
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.


Cmbt Air  Crewn Patch
Cmbt Air Crew

Worn from:  1942 - 1946 (Unauthorized).

The origin of the design is unknown.


Air Univ Patch
Air Univ

Worn from:  21 May 1948 - 15 May 1978.

The white star with a red disk and wings are the insignia of the army air forces.  The initials "A" and "U" stand for Air University.  The lamp of knowledge is typically used to denote learning.


AF ROTC Patch
AF ROTC

Worn from:  26 July 1947 - Unknown.

The white star, red disk, and gold wings form the insignia of the army air forces.  The letters "AIR R.O.T.C." are the unit's designation.


Inst USAF Patch
Inst USAF

Worn from:  1942 - 1947.

The design is that of the air force star; the letters "USAFI" indicate the unit's designation.


Flying Inst Patch
Flying Inst

Worn from:  The origin of the design is unknown.


AAF Tech Cmd Inst Patch
AAF Tech Cmd Inst

Worn from:  26 March 1941 - 23 January 1942.

Gold and blue are the colors of the army air corps. The wing and prop is the official insignia for aviation cadets.  The unit's designation is abbreviated using the letters "AAFTTC" with the word instructor above the wing.

Air Crew Student Patch
Air Crew Student

Worn from:  1942 - 1945.

The unit's designation is spelled out on the patch.  The wing and prop is the air force cadet insignia.  Gold and blue are the colors of the air forces.


Avn Cadet Basic Patch
Avn Cadet Basic

Worn from:  1942 - 1945.

The prop and wing on a blue background is an appropriate symbol for army air force cadets.  The insignia is alleged to have been worn by cadets during their basic training courses.

Avn Cadet Advanced Patch
Avn Cadet Advanced


Worn from:  1942 - 1945.

The wing and prop on a black background was purported to have been used by cadets in advance courses.


Armament Spec  Patch
Armament Spec
 


The insignia was worn by personnel in a number of occupations including aerial torpedo mechanic, anti-aircraft machine gunner, and bombsight mechanic.


Commun Spec Patch
Commun Spec

The insignia was worn by personnel in occupations such as radio operator, cryptographer, and radio mechanic.


Engr Spec Patch
Engr Spec

The design is the silhouette of an engine and was worn by personnel in occupations that included airplane inspector, crew chief, and parachute rigger.