U.S. ARMY SHOULDER/SLEEVE INSIGNIA

U.S. Army Air Forces and Elite Units


Second World War Era


Air Force General
Headquarters
1937 - 42


Air Forces-
United States Army
1942 - 47


Civil Air Patrol
1942 - 44


Civil Air Patrol
1944 - 47



AIRCRAFT ROUNDELS
To avoid further confusion for U.S. anti-aircraft gunners mistaking U.S. aircraft roundels with the Japanese red sun-disc, all red was removed from U.S. aircraft in early 1942.


Army Air Forces


First Air Force
[NE Cont U.S.]
Training, Air Defense,
Antisubmarine Warfare


Second Air Force
[NW Cont U.S.]
Training, Air Defense


Third Air Force
[SE Cont U.S.]
Training, Air Defense,
Antisubmarine Warfare


Fourth Air Force
[SW Cont U.S.]
Training, Air Defense




Fifth Air Force

[Far East AF]
Philippines, Southern Pacific


Sixth Air Force
[Caribbean AF]
Panama Canal Zone




Seventh Air Force
[Hawaiian AF]
Western Pacific


Eighth Air Force
[European Theater]
Strategic Bombing-N. Europe


Ninth Air Force
[Middle East AF]
Tactical Air Support -
North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France


Tenth Air Force
[C-B-I Theater]
China, Burma, India


Eleventh Air Force
[Alaskan AF]
Aleutians, Japan


Twelfth Air Force
[Mediterranean Theater]
Fr. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia,
Sicily, Italy, S. France


Thirteenth Air Force
[SW Pacific Theater]
China, Philippines, S. Pacific


Fourteenth Air Force
[China Air Task Force]
China, Burma, India




Fifteenth Air Force
[Euro-African Theater]
Strtegic Bombing-N.+ S. Europe




Twentieth Air Force

[Japan Strategic Offensive]
India, Burma, Thailand, Japan




Strategic Air Forces

[European Strategic Offensive]
Northern France, Germany




Desert Air Force
[USAAF and RAF]
Tactical Air Support - N. Africa




Mediterranean

Allied Air Force
[USAAF and RAF]
Over Waters of Mediterranean


Far East Air Forces
Australia, Philippines

Distinctive right cuff insignia for AAF Technical Speialists were worn from 1943 to 1947.

Armament Specialist
[Aerial Torpedo Mechanic,
AA Machine Gunner,
Bombsight Mechanic, etc.


Communications Specialist
[Radio Operator,
Cryptographer,
Radio Mechanic, etc.]


Engineering Specialist
[Airplane Inspector,
Parachute Rigger,
Crew Chief, etc.]


Photography Specialist
[Camera Technician,
Photographic Interpreter,
Photo Lab Chief, etc.]


Weather Specialist
[Weather Forecaster,
Weather Station Chief,
Weather Observer, etc.]


Army Elite Units

These are by no means every elite unit in the Army, but a representative group.

1st Special Service Force


442d Regimental
Combat Team


474th Infantry Regt
(Separate)


5307th Composite Unit
(Provisional)



Combined Operations - Amphibious Units
U.S. Army U.S. Navy British
Commandos

Amphibious
Combat Engineers


36th Engineer
Combat Regiment


Tank Destroyer Force


Bomb Disposal


Rangers


Rangers

 

 

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