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American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham c.2002

Navy Qualification Badges

Navy and Marine Aviation Wing Badges

Second World War


Pilot Balloon Pilot
Pilot Balloon Pilot


Observer Air Crew Member
Observer (1) Air Crew Member (2)
Naval Aviation Observers (Navigation) (3)


Flight Surgeon
Flight Surgeon (4)

The original Navy and Marine Corps Pilot aviation wing badge was adopted in 1917. With minor modifications it is still worn today. The Balloon Pilot badge appeared in 1922 and Observer's badge in 1929. The other badges were adopted during the Second World War, as even the Navy's flight crews became larger and more specialized. The Flight Surgeon's badge was adopted in 1942, the Aircrew badge in 1943 and the Aviation Observers (Navigation) nearly missed the war with an approval date of March 31, 1945. Another late war badge that is not shown above is the Flight Nurse wing, which was approved March, 30 1945. Navy wing badges were either metallic or embroidered in bullion.


  1. Courtesy: Jay Graybeal
  2. Courtesy: Jay Graybeal
  3. Courtesy: Jay Graybeal
  4. Courtesy: Jay Graybeal

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