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87th Fighter Squadron | 79th Fighter Group | 12th AAF | "Mosquitos"

LINEAGE. Constituted 87th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 13 Jan 1942. Activated on g Feb 1942. Redesignated 87th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942. Inactivated on 15 Jul 1947.

ASSIGNMENTS. 79th Pursuit (later Fighter) Group, g Feb 1942-15 Jul 1947.

STATIONS. Dale Mabry Field, Fla, 9 Feb 1942; Morris Field, NC, 1 May 1942; Rentschler Field, Conn, 25 Jun-28 Sep 1942; Egypt, 12 Nov 1942; Libya, 24 Jan 1943; Tunisia, 13 Mar 1943; Malta, 4 Jul 1943; Sicily, 17 Jul 1943; Southern Italy, 15 Sep 1943; Salsola, Italy, 4 Oct 1943; Madna Airfield, Italy, 17 Nov 1943; Capodichino, Italy, 17 Jan 1944; Pomigliano, Italy, 1 May 1944; Corsica, 11 Jun 1944; Southern France, 22 Aug 1944; Iesi, Italy, 4 Oct 1944; Fano, Italy, 6 Dec 1944; Cesenatico, Italy, 21 Mar 1945; Horsching, Austria, 27 Jul 1945-25 Jun 1947.

 

 

Theater made. Italian embroidery on muslin.

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Theater made. Hand-painted on leather.

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Theater made. Painted leather mounted on leather and wool.

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Sources:

Maurer. Combat Squadrons of World War II.

 

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Long-time collector of WWII Aviation: AAF, USN and USMC.

ASMIC | OMSA | TAILHOOK

 

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Thank you Rick!

 

Beautiful patches and the Italian example is a far cry from the REPRO being sold as an original on eBay right now... ;)

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-WW2-Theater-Made-87th-Fighter-Squadron-97th-Fighter-Group-Squadron-Patch/332639096142?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

 

The Fake:

 

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Please correct me if I am wrong...

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Thanks Rick for taking the time to share your knowledge with us.


"Whoever stood in front of the corn field at Antietam needs no praise." . . . . . Rufus R. Dawes, 6th Wisconsin.

 

 

Seeking the unit history of Company D, 321st Machine Gun Battalion, 82nd Division.

 

Looking to purchase the nine volume set WAR DIARIES OF GERMAN UNITS OPPOSED TO THE SECOND DIVISION (REGULAR).

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Nice patch Rick - hopefully you wont mind me posting these here, but they look like they may have been made by the same Italian maker. Here is an 87th FS patch my wife found at an antique store, with the DAF and AAF patches.

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