The 8th Air Force shoulder sleeve insignia is presented as a study in variations that exist for a given shoulder sleeve insignia. I do not claim that I show all existing variations. The United States Army Air 8th Air Force was established on January 28, 1942 with a headquarters originally in Savannah, Georgia. By February elements were in England and by August the first missions were flown against occupied France. The 8th was the major strategic bomber force directed against Germany and operating from England during the war.
The shoulder sleeve insignia of the Eight Air Force was approved May 20, 1943.
|Highly Scalopped Wing Tips||Blunt Wing Tips||Single open scalop at bottom (1)|
Smaller Wings than U.S. made ones
(Most Common English Type)
|Embroidered in Silk Tread|
|Embroidered (2)||Embroidered in Heavy|
Cotton on Felt
|Similar to English Made|
Several patches, including Headquarters, U.S. Army European Theater of Operations Communication Zone, can be found in this rubberized version. Many theories exist why they might have been produced.
|Embroidered Heavy Bullion (3)||Embroidered Lighter Bullion (4)|
|Front (5)||Back||Black (Ultraviolet) Light|
This reproduction was produced and sold has such in the 1970s. Ordinary shoulder sleeve insignia are not so valuable that reproductions are common, but the equipment to manufacture patches exist and it can be easily done at low cost. There is little to distinguish this patch from an original. The wings do not extend almost to the edge of the border like the originals. It is unknown if any original ones also have this characteristic. This patch also is florescent under black (ultraviolet) light. Many other reproductions made in third world nations are not florescent.