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

Other Cloth Insignia Not Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Second World War

Army Air Force Flight Jacket Patches

Part One: Bombardment Groups and Combined Group and Squadrons

Bombardment (Bomb) Groups

5th Bomb Group 7th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 305th Bomb Group

5th (1)
(Courtesy: Howard L. Kelley)

7th (2)
(Courtesy: Paul E. Humphries
and Lisa Sakabu)

(Courtesy: HvR. Sandeman)

(Courtesy: Clifford Orth)

(Courtesy: Clifford Orth)
Website: 5th Bomb Group Website: 7th Bomb Group Website: 95th Bomb Group Website: 303rd Bomb Group Website: 305th Bomb Group
312th Group 379th Group 446th Group 467th 490th

(Courtesy: Mark Spiegel)

379th (3)
(Courtesy: Clifford Orth)

446th (4)
(Courtesy: Clifford Orth)

467th (5)
(Courtesy: Jay Graybeal)

(Courtesy: HvR. Sandeman)
Website: 312th Bomb Group Website: 379th Bomb Group Website: 446th Bomb Group Website: 467th Bomb Group

90th Bombardment (Bomb) Combined Group and Squadron Variations

90/319 90/320 90/321 90/400

(Courtesy: Howard L. Kelley)

(Courtesy: Howard L. Kelley)

(Courtesy: Howard L. Kelley)

(Courtesy: Howard L. Kelley)

The 90th Heavy Bombardment Group served with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific. Their nickname was the "Jolly Rogers" after the name of the group's commander Colonel Arthur Rogers. Each of the squadrons of the 90th had a variation of the group Jolly Rogers insignia in unique colors.

A group was made up of four squadrons. There were many hundreds of avaition jacket patches and I have only a few examples of them. The 1944 Special Issue of the National Geographic Magazine includes several pages of squadron insignia and is a good, but incomplete reference. A more complete reference is the book Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II edited by Maurer Maurer, but it can be misleading in that it often uses postwar designs for the illustration of the official squadron insignia. I hope that we will be able to include more images from viewers as they become available. Both of these sources show squadron but not group insignia.

  1. "Kiai O Ka Lewa" Guardians of the Upper Regions
  2. "Mors Ad Alto" Death From Above
  3. "Potestas Accuratioque" Strength and Accuracy
  4. "Voler Venger Vaincre" Fly Avenge Vanquish
  5. "Liberamus" We Liberate

Other Website: Airforce Squadron Patches (Brian French)
Website: 90th Bomb Group (Gary Gray)
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