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Looking for Unit identification, etc. from this photo.

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The aircraft is a B-47. Judging by the armament and radar it's probable that it's a B-47E, although it could also be an RB-47 or an updated B-47B. I can't make a determination of specific time period, but I believe that the first B-47s with this armament installation entered service in 1953, and the type was withdrawn from front-line service by the mid 60s... 1966 I think.


As to the patch, it looks like a pair of wings on the upper right, and maybe a gun running through the middle. It's quite indistinct in the image you posted, even after fooling a bit in photoshop. Is it a bit more clear on the print? If so, can you describe it?


I've been looking for bombardment squadron insignia, but as I write this it's occurred to me that the gun on the patch, if that's what it is, would be somewhat inappropriate for a bomber unit. So I'm wondering if this could be the emblem of an armament section of a bomber unit.



Fade to Black...

Steve O. Reno

(formerly BlackWolf3945 here on USMF)

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug...


Seeking Curtiss-Wright aircraft photos, especially the P-40, P-36, & O-52...

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You might try posting that photo over on www.usafpatches.com in the forum for unknown patches. It's probably an A&E Squadron patch (Armament and Electronics). This is a really neat photo depicting the flight line maintenance guys at work back in the early Cold War days.




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