Vintage World War Two winged star shoulder sleeve insignia worn by Army Air Forces - AAF personnel - of the United States. This one has definitely been worn on a uniform, and is slightly soiled. It has been examined and does not glow under ultraviolet light. Made of natural fiber consistent with an authentic vintage insignia, and was most likely manufactured during World War II. Acquired here in Connecticut, a center of textile production during the Second World War.
Approved in March 1942, its blue and orange colors are that of the Army Air Force and the central symbol was that used as an aircraft marking early in the war. Initially worn by all Army Air Force personnel of the United States, in March 1943, distinctive shoulder sleeve insignia were authorized for each overseas air force. However, almost all Air Force personnel not assigned to an individually numbered Air Force, wore this patch. Because of the number of personnel assigned to ground units, this machine embroidered patch was perhaps the single most widely worn patch of the war.
The design, approved in February 1942, was created by James T. Rawls, an artist who was on the staff of the Commander of the AAF in World War Two, General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold. Rawls' design was reportedly inspired by a picture of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill giving his well-known "V for Victory" sign. It is sometimes known as the "Hap Arnold" emblem.
The insignia was officially described as follows: On an ultramarine disk (2-5/8" dia.) is imposed in the lower segment a White Star (1-1/8" point to point) with a red disk superimposed and covering the entire center of the Star. Surmounting the Star are two stylized wings extending upward and outward at a 45 degree-angle.
CONDITION: This one has light soiling, slightly muted colors, and wear from actual use. It does not glow when examined under ultraviolet light, indicated it was made of vintage all-natural fiber material used for World War II vintage patches. All significant flaws are visible in photos.
Item ID: 45-0429F
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