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WW2 U.S. Army Air Force Patches and Cloth Insignia, Numbered Army Air Force Patches, Bullion Air Force Patches, Theatre Made Army Air Force Patches and Variation Army Air Force Patches 

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Please Note: The patches and cloth insignia listed here as "WW2 Theatre Made," or "Handmade," refer to vintage, WW2 period, patches that are not like the mass-produced patches that we are familiar with today. These highly collected patches were produced individually by hand sewing in small shops, throughout the Asiatic and/or European Theatres of Operations Some patches have a very professional manufactured appearance, some are crudely made using whatever materials were at hand. The collector interest and value of these patches lies in the individual, artistic, handmade rendering and/or the crude quality of these types of patches.

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NOTE: In some cases, because we have small quantities of some of the patches listed, you may not receive the exact patch that is pictured; however, you will receive an original WW2 period patch, as good, or in better condition than the one shown. Of course, variations and patches that are listed because of their uniqueness will be the actual patch that you will receive.  

General Headquarters, Air Force (GHQ) Felt Applied on Felt
1AFP-01brf. Approximately 2-1/2-inch, slightly oval, patch depicting three blue felt impeller blades, separately machine-stitched onto an orange felt circle. The patch represents the first three organized Wings of the Air Force. The GHQ was established on March 1, 1935 at Langley Field, Virginia to provide a centralized command for a combat Air Force utilizing aircraft designed for speed, range and altitude. The GHQ accepted the B-17 in 1937 and was designing the B-29, B-25 and the B24 in 1938. The Air Corps had grown dramatically through 1941 and the GHQ was redesignated as the Air Force Combat Command. The Combat Command wore the GHQ patch until a new Army Air Force Patch was approved in 1942. The front of this example exhibits moderate, overall, signs of age and insignificant, even, soil from handling and actual use; many remnants of original sewing thread and impressions of some, crisscross, hand stitching still remain. The backside is clean and shows the outline of the stitched on impellor blades A nice "salty" example. Used. Vg. $35.00
General Headquarters, Air Force (GHQ) Printed & Flocked
1AFP-01dfr. 2-5/8-inch diameter patch; the front depicts three blue impeller blades, on an orange felt circle; the blue impeller blades are printed onto the orange patch. The patch represents the first three organized Wings of the Air Force. The GHQ was established on March 1, 1935 at Langley Field, Virginia to provide a centralized command for a combat Air Force utilizing aircraft designed for speed, range and altitude. The GHQ accepted the B-17 in 1937 and was designing the B-29, B-25 and the B24 in 1938. The Air Corps had grown dramatically through 1941 and the GHQ was redesignated as the Air Force Combat Command. The Combat Command wore the GHQ patch until a new Army Air Force Patch was approved in 1942. There are remnants of glue on the backside, some of which has bled onto the front of the patch, (not to bad looking), priced accordingly. A good representative example. Vg-. $10.00 SOLD
Army Air Force Headquarters Patch - Fully Embroidered, Standard Issue 
1AFP-03. Approximately 2-5/8-inch diameter, fully embroidered,  blue patch depicting the WW2 AAF winged star design. Unused. Excellent. $6.00
Army Air Force Headquarters Patch - Fully Embroidered, Standard Issue
1AFP-03a. Approximately 2-5/8-inch diameter, fully embroidered,  blue patch depicting the WW2 AAF winged star design. Same as above, except this example exhibits very light and insignificant signs of age, as well as very light and insignificant, even, soil from handling and possible use. Very nice. Vg+. $5.00
Army Air Force Headquarters Patch - Fully Embroidered, Standard Issue
1AFP-03b. Approximately 2-5/8-inch diameter, fully embroidered,  blue patch depicting the WW2 AAF winged star design. Same as above, except this example exhibits light signs of age, as well as light, even, soil from handling and possible use. Nice. About Vg. $4.00
Army Air Force Patch Hand-Made Using Heavy Colored Thread on a Blue, Twill/Whipcord, Background. Theatre Made
1AFP-03cfp.  Approximately 2-5/8-inch diameter, beautifully hand embroidered winged star design on, medium colored, twill/or whipcord like fabric. The yellow/gold wings and white star with red center are completely intact The blue background, within the yellow/gold border, is completely intact. The yellow/gold border is frayed at about 6:00, a bit more frayed at about 8:00 and separated at about 11:00, (nothing drastic). The outside edge of the patch exhibits signs of hand-stitching and has very minor remnants of original sewing thread. The front of the patch exhibits light signs of age, light overall soil, which provides a very nice aged patina. The reverse exhibits a multitude of threads, which indicate the amount of hand work went into constructing this patch. The all cotton, hand-embroidered construction is consistent with patches that were made locally in the European theatre of operations during WW2. No mothing or insect damage. A unique, theatre made example. Used. Vg. $55.00
Bullion Army Air Force Patch Hand-Made Using Silver and Gold Bullion Wire, Theatre Made
1AFP-1aex. Approximately 2-5/8-inch diameter, beautifully hand embroidered winged star design on, dark blue, wool material. The wings retain most of their gold color with light tarnish patina on the highlights; most of the silver of the star arms is tarnished and worn to thread; the red thread center of the star is intact. The blue background fabric exhibits moderate age and wear from handling and actual use; no mothing or insect damage. The patch has a ,heavy, gold wire border, which is edged with thin gold wire; some of the wire around the border has come apart, but it is mostly intact, (as can be seen in the images; the patch still makes a fine display. The bullion wire, hand-embroidered, construction, of this patch, is consistent with patches that were made locally in the CBI Theater of Operations during WW2. The backside exhibits a multitude of thread, which indicates the amount of hand work it took to produce this patch. Remnants of original, hand stitched, sewing thread still remain. A nice theatre made example. Used. About Vg. $65.00
Bullion Army Air Force With OD Wool Serge Backing, Cut from Tunic, Theatre Made
1AFP-1b. Approximately 2-1/2-inch diameter, beautifully hand embroidered winged star design on, dark blue, wool material. The wings and star have tarnished to an over all black finish; the center of the star is constructed of red cloth thread. The bullion wire, hand-embroidered, construction is consistent with patches that were made locally in the CBI Theater of Operations during WW2. Moderate overall age, as well as, light, to moderate, wear to the blue wool; the bullion is completely intact with the exception of a bent piece of wire on the lower left leg of the star. Light moth nips and light tracking on the nap of the wool, (no actual holes). The backside is covered with a piece of olive drab, wool serge material, (the type used on Ike jackets); the backing is closely sewn to the patch and it’s likely this patch was cut from an officer Ike jacket. A nice theatre made example. Used. Near Excellent. $65.00
Bullion Army Air Force Headquarters - Theatre Made
1AFP-2c. Approximately 2-7/8-inch diameter, purple/blue wool patch heavily hand-embroidered using silver and gold bullion wire, depicting the WW2 AAF winged star design. The border around patch is constructed with one row of thin, tight, spring like silver wire, which is surrounded by a wider border of twisted, metallic, gold bullion. The bullion wire hand embroidered construction is consistent with patches that were made locally in the CBI Theater of Operations during WW2. The patch is used and has been removed from a uniform; minor remnants of original sewing thread, as well as signs of machine stitch marks still remain. The bullion is 99% intact; it exhibits moderate age, as well as moderate, (heavy in some spots), tarnish. The purple/blue wool exhibits moderate signs of age and wear, the wool nap is worn to the base fabric in some spots, (not seriously detracting). No actual moth holes. The backside is covered with a tan fabric.  A classic CBI design. Nice. Vg. $75.00
1st Army Air Force

1AFP-6a. 2-1/2-inch diameter, slightly oval, fully embroidered blue patch depicting an embroidered number “1,”and the WW2 AAF winged star design.  When the U.S. entered the war, the 1st AAF was responsible for the defense of the Atlantic seaboard and later assigned to the training of combat units. Light age , a little insignificant wear, as well as light soil from handling, use and storage. Used. Vg. $6.50 

1st Army Air Force

1AFP-6b. 2-1/2-inch diameter, slightly oval, fully embroidered blue patch, same description as above, except this example exhibits moderate age, and wear with moderate overall, even, soil from from handling, use and storage. A very nice representative example. Used. Vg-. $5.50

1st Army Air Force, Felt Variation With Open Wing Feather Design

1AFP-6c. 2-5/8-inch diameter, medium weight, deep blue wool felt patch depicting the machine embroidered WW2 AAF, golden yellow, winged star design with a number “1” between the wings; this example has a variation open wing feather design. The patch is in excellent unused condition  The backside has an open weave cheesecloth backing. The backside is covered with a black, open weave, cheesecloth. The patch is characteristic of an officers private purchase dress uniform patch. No mothing. Very Nice. Unused. Excellent. $24.00

1st Army Air Force, Felt Variation With Open Wing Feather Design

1AFP-6e. 2-3/8-inch diameter, medium weight, faded blue wool felt patch depicting the machine embroidered WW2 AAF, golden yellow, winged star design with a number “1” between the wings; this example has a variation open wing feather design. The patch exhibits moderate signs of age; light wear, as well as light, even, soil. The blue felt has faded and shows evidence of hand stitch marks; minor remnants of original sewing thread still remain. The backside has an open weave cheesecloth backing, which shows signs of age and use; there is minor evidence of glue residue from being in a scrapbook. No mothing. A very nice representative example of a felt AAF patch. Used, Vg-. $19.00

2nd Army Air Force
aaf2.JPG (73525 bytes) 1AFP-7.  2-1/2-inch. square, fully embroidered blue patch depicting a flying falcon and the WW2 AAF white star with red disk design. When the U.S. entered the war, the 2nd AAF was responsible for the defense of the U.S. west coast and later assigned to training fighter and bomber personnel. It was the chief trainer of B-29 crews who served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. Very light and insignificant age from handling and storage. Unused. near Excellent. $6.00
2nd Army Air Force
1AFP-7a. 1AFP-7a. Same description as above, light to moderate signs of age, wear and soil from handling and maybe, actual use. About Vg. $5.00
2nd Army Air Force, Still Sewn Onto tan Cotton Shirt Sleeve Material
1AFP-7b. Approximately 2-1/2-inch square, fully embroidered blue patch, same description as above, except this example is still machine sewn onto a piece of tan cotton shirt sleeve material. Light, to near moderate, signs of age and wear; no soil. Unique. Used, Vg. $12.00 
3rd Army Air Force 
1AFP-8m. 2-3/4-inch diameter fully embroidered blue patch depicting a three-dimensional embroidered number "3,"and the WW2 AAF winged star design. In the beginning of WW2, the 3rd AAF was responsible for the defense of the Gulf Coast, anti-submarine patrol and support of the 1st AAF in its mission. The 3rd AAF was later assigned to combat training of flight personnel. Unused. Excellent. $6.00
3rd Army Air Force
1AFP-8a. Same description as above, light to moderate signs of age, wear and soil from handling and actual use. A very nice representative example. Used. About Vg. $5.00
4th Army Air Force 
1AFP-9. 2-5/8-inch x 3-5/8-inch shield shaped, fully embroidered blue patch depicting a white WW2 AAF winged star design supported by four gold rays. In the beginning of WW2, the 4th AAF was assigned to the Western Defense command, responsible for the defense of the Western United States. As Japan became less of a threat to the U.S., the 4th was relieved of that duty and assigned to a training mission, participating in the B-29 program, training for night fighters and in the use of radar. Very light signs of age from handling and storage. Unused. Vg+. $7.00 
4th Army Air Force 
1AFP-9a. Same description as above, light to moderate signs of age, wear and soil from handling and actual use. Used. About Vg. $5.00
5th Army Air Force

1AFP-11a. Approximately 2-5/8-inch diameter fully embroidered blue patch depicting the number “5,” the Southern Cross and shooting star design, same description, except this example exhibits light signs of age, moderate signs of use and a little wear; no actual soil. Many remnants of original sewing thread. Very nice. Used. Vg. $8.00

5th Army Air Force
1AFP-11b. Same description as above, moderate to heavy signs of age and wear from actual use. Removed from a uniform, original signs of sewing still evident. Vg-. $7.00
6th Army Air Force

1AFP-12. 6th Army Air Force Patch. 2-1/2-inch wide x 2-3/4-inch high, fully embroidered hexagonal blue patch depicting a gold embroidered design of a sailing ship above the WW2 AAF winged white star with red center disk. The 6th AAF was activated in 1942; its mission was to protect the Panama Canal. The 6th AAF flew many operations over jungles, as well as, anti submarine operations and participated in two campaigns. Unused. Excellent. $8.00 

7th Army Air Force

1AFP-12axp. 2-5/8-inch diameter, fully embroidered blue patch depicting the number “7,” piercing the center of a white star with red center disk. The 7th AAF was assigned to providing air protection to the Hawaiian Islands, Midway, Wake, Guadalcanal, Gilbert & Marshall, Truk, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, the Philippines, and escorted B-29’s to the Japanese Mainland. The 7th fought in six campaigns. Unused. Excellent. $10.00

8th Army Air Force

1AFP-13axp. 2-1/2-inch diameter, fully embroidered, blue patch depicting a winged number “8” with WW2 AAF white star with red center disk. Headquartered in England, the 8th AAF deployed its first bomber to France on August 17, 1942. The 8th’s mission was daylight bombing of the sub marine pens in occupied France, magnesium producing plants in Norway, aircraft manufacturing plants, ball bearing factories, general war industry and transportation targets in Germany. Normandy, France, Battle of the Bulge. The 8th fought in seven campaigns. The 8th AAF patch is always in demand. Very nice, unused example. Excellent. $15.00

8th Army Air Force

1AFP-13bax. Approximately 2-1/4-inch diameter, slightly oval patch, same description as above, except this example has more, "orange," colored wings and exhibits moderate signs of age, wear, as well as light signs of laundering. This patch was actually used and many remnants of original, hand-sewn, thread still remain; the patch has a very nice, "salty," appearance. Used. Vg-. $10.00 

8th Army Air Force
1AFP-13cfr. Approximately 2-3/8-inch diameter, slightly oval patch, same description as above, except this example has, "golden yellow," colored wings and exhibits light signs of age, and insignificant wear from actual use. Nice. Vg. $10.00 
8th Army Air Force Patch, British Made Felt Variation, Made for the U.S. AAF

1AFP-13cce. Approximately 2-1/2-inch diameter, thin, blue felt patch depicting a nicely embroidered  winged number “8” with WW2 AAF white star with red center disk. The materials used in the construction of this patch are consistent with the style of manufacturing that is associated with those patches made for the U.S. Army Air Force, in England, during WW2. Headquartered in England, the 8th AAF deployed its first bomber to France on August 17, 1942. The 8th’s mission was daylight bombing of the sub marine pens in occupied France, magnesium producing plants in Norway, aircraft manufacturing plants, ball bearing factories, general war industry and transportation targets in Germany; pretty much anything to slow down German manufacturing and production. The 8th fought in seven campaigns, including Normandy, Occupied France and the Battle of the Bulge. This example exhibits light signs of age from handling and actual use; remnants of original sewing thread, and evidence of hand-stitching still remain. No mothing or soil is evident. The backside is a mirror image of the front. An excellent example of a WW2, British style, felt  U.S. 8th AAF patch. The 8th AAF patch is always in demand. Vg.  $45.00

 
   
 
 

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