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#601 ocsfollowme

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 02:11 PM

Picked this one up from a fellow forum member at the west coast militaria show today at Pamona. 

 

Flight Instructor #3 British Flying Training School at Spartan (Miami, Oklahoma)

 

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:26 PM

I haven't seen this one in here if it is a duplicate post I apologize.  Wilson and Bonfils Pilot Training School in Oklahoma.  

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 04:02 PM

79,100 views!!!

 

In less than a month I found the twin to #601. 

 

Ground Instructor for British Pilots. #3 British Flying Training School at Spartan (Miami, Oklahoma)

 

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 01:14 PM

Here is a very rare patch. WAAC Recruiting Service. Never seen another before. This WAAC Recruiting patch was worn for 14 months before the WAAC became the WAC (15 May 1942- 1 July 1943). So a very short lived piece.

 

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Below is another variation that I posted as #80. This is an incredibly rare patch too. 

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:48 AM

Almost 82,000 views!

 

American Propeller Corporation

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:49 AM

Follow on to #605 American Propeller Corporation

 

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 03:27 AM

I've been building a wood shop and not collecting patches this summer. 

 

I did pick this new one up. There are several variations in colors and in the pattern of the mountains. 

 

Rankin Aeronautical Academy

 

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https://en.wikipedia...ki/Rankin_Field

 

Rankin Field was established by Tex Rankin in 1940 when he signed a contract with the War Department to open a school to train United States Army Air Corps flight cadets. The "Rankin Aeronautical Academy, Inc." was established and in February 1941, the school began basic (level 1) pilot training in February 1941 at Mefford Field, located about six miles west of the still under-construction Rankin Field. Classes were moved to Rankin Field in May 1941. The airfield was an all-direction turf/soil surface; consisting of a 2,300' x 1,800' rectangular landing/takeoff field. It had a total of five auxiliary airfields for emergency and overflow landings/takeoffs.

In 1939, when war broke out in Europe, Army schools had the capacity to train only 750 pilots a year. Recognizing the need to drastically expand, Hap Arnold initiated a program under which civilian schools provided the first 60 hours of flight time to Army Aviation Cadets. The new program was so successful that the U.S. was able to train pilots faster than it could produce aircraft. While Germany lost air superiority because it was not able to replace pilots killed in combat, Arnold’s program began tapering off nine months before D-Day.

Rankin Field became one of the 62 civilian-owned flying schools in the U.S. that taught 1.4 million World War II Army pilots to fly. It was assigned to West Coast Training Center (later Western Flying Training Command). Known sub-bases and auxiliaries were:

 

Its primary training aircraft was the PT-17 Stearman, of which over 200 were assigned. The cadets at the school received both ground and flight instruction; with a ratio of one instructor to one cadet for the nine-week course. The mission of the school was to train the best pilots possible for the USAAF, and this was done with a highly rigorous and demanding course which many cadets were unable to complete satisfactorily. In addition to pilots, a ground mechanic school was conducted with the same high level of training and demands on the students.

With the end of World War II, Rankin Academy closed and the airfield was inactivated on 30 September 1945. 10,000 pilots were graduated during its existence, including 12 who became Aces. Among those trained at Rankin were two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Major Richard Bong, who went on to become the top Ace of the United States Army Air Force, shooting down at least 40 Japanese aircraft, primarily in P-38 Lightnings in the Western Pacific, and Captain Frank Furey.

The airfield was sold after the war, being used as a private airfield. Today a hangar and some of the wartime era buildings still remain. Today, the site operates as the Rankin Field Weapons Range, a shooting range operated by the Tulare County Sheriffs Association.

 

http://www.tularehis...org/rankin.html

 

Today, a small weapons range exists on the original air field.  http://rankinfield.org/about/

 



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Posted 30 August 2019 - 02:59 PM

Nothing major here. Harder to find Coastal Artillery PX mirror patch

 

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 04:32 PM

Here is a very rare patch. WAAC Recruiting Service. Never seen another before. This WAAC Recruiting patch was worn for 14 months before the WAAC became the WAC (15 May 1942- 1 July 1943). So a very short lived piece.
 
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WoW!!!! Great looking patches
 
 
 
 
Below is another variation that I posted as #80. This is an incredibly rare patch too. 
 
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Posted 28 September 2019 - 10:43 AM

Another M1 carbine maker. Rochester Defense Division. NPM stands for National Postal Meter. I own a similar one for Rock-Ola. 

 

 

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National Postal Meter

-Main Manufacture and identification codes: "N"
-Main plant location: Rochester, NY
-Average Cost to Government per completed rifle, $69.43
-Approximately 413,017 total Carbines were made by National Postal Meter (Including 239 field replacement receivers marked "Commercial Controls". : About 6.8% of M1 Carbines made.

--M1 Carbines 413,017 (NPM, did not make the M2, M3, T3, or M1A1 Carbines)

-Serial number blocks assigned by the government:

--1st block, serial number: 1,450,000 - 1,159,999 | February, 1943 - September, 1943
--2nd block, serial number: 1,937,520 - 1,982,519 | September, 1943 - November, 1943
--3rd block, serial number: 4,075,010 - 4,432,099 | November, 1943 - June, 1944

 



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Posted 23 October 2019 - 04:05 PM

I am pretty stoked that this patch will break the 100,000 views! Thanks for checking out my collectors niche in the home front area. It is a pure joy to share patches in this area. 

 

Hangar Six Incorporated was located in Uvalde, Texas. 

 

https://hangar6aircafe.com/history/

 

 

https://en.wikipedia...ki/Garner_Field

 

Garner Field (IATAUVAICAOKUVAFAA LIDUVA) is an airport in Uvalde CountyTexas, three miles east of the city of Uvalde, which owns it.[1] It is named for John Nance Garner, 32nd Vice President of the United States.

Opened in October 1941 with three 6,000 hard surfaced runways, (00/18; 04/27; 15/33). Began training United States Army Air Corps flying cadets under contract to Hangar Six Corp with 305th Fling Training Detachment (Contract Pilot School). Assigned to Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Hangar Six, Inc. conducted pilot training. Airfield had four local auxiliary airfields for emergency and overflow landings. Flying training used Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks.

Inactivated on 30 June 1945 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. Declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport. Very little of the wartime airfield still exists, as most of the airfield has been rebuilt as Southwest Texas Junior College.

Trans-Texas DC-3s landed at Uvalde from 1948 to 1954.

 

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 02:28 PM

My 2nd patch from this 29th sub depot. Enid, Oklahoma. 

 

Here is the first in #320 of this thread. This one is a tough cookie to find. My larger one below this one is the 1st that I have ever seen. 

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Here is a large overall patch for possibly the front of the uniform that is the newest patch of my collection. We keep 'em flying

 

 

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 03:37 AM

This is an Oldsmobile WINGS patch. Pretty hard to find. 

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:32 AM

Well, almost 110,000 views on this thread!

 

As crazy as this sounds, I am going to write myself a nice little book on Home Front insignia that I have collected over the past 15 years and start selling off my collection. Still figuring how I will go about it. ASMIC, SOS, website, or the Pomona show. More to follow. It's been fun and a blast. 




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