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Navy Distinguishing Marks


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Anyone have any info about these two patches? They are about the size of the Navy PT-Mine- CB shoulder patches and I am wondering if these were created by small warfare communities in WW2 but never got the attention of the navy like the ones that were authorized from 43-47.

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As I recall, the one on the left was given out to graduates of an aircraft mechanics' course (either P39 or P40). This patch originally came with a little pamphlet and I believe was supplied by the aircraft manufacturer. I don't believe it would have been worn on a uniform. It's a very good patch.

Just my vague recollections....

Kurt

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The patch on the left is related to the Bell P-39 Airacobra and Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighters. Both designs had a 37mm cannon firing thru the prop spinner as depicted in the patch. I had heard (or read somewhere), that the patch was given to tech school grads who were going to work on these planes. I don't know if that is true or not, but sounds like Kurt has the same information.

The Neptune Rex patch may be related to the crossing the equator ceremony. It may very well be a unit patch, I just don't know for sure.

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