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Wow Tinman, you've posted a terrific collection of Beechcraft patches and pins! Regarding the cloth "Merit Awards", was there any significance in the single wing being on the left-side or right-side of the Beechcraft logo?

 

 

The only source of information I have on hand is an official book ‘Beechcraft’, a history of the company published in 1971.

It mentions nothing about the merit program or the Busy Bee. A good resource I can search is the libraries local newspaper archives from the war years which I intend to do but will take some time.

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Since there hasn’t been the activity that I had anticipated in this thread, I thought that I should go ahead and add a couple of manufactures patches that I have had in my patch collection for a number of years before I move them along. I had thought that there would have been more activity regarding this subject by other Forum members. Gregg

 

This patch measures 8" across and 6" at its highest point.

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These are all shoulder size: NAA is North American Aviation, the Douglas patch has always held a special spot in my heart - I grew up in Long Beach, CA. and the Pesco patch is pretty obscure. Pesco was a sub contractor in Ohio that provided pumps for most of the aircraft built before and during W.W. II.

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Gregg, many thanks to you and everyone for posting the great patches! I was quite content with my modest collection of local patches and pins but…now…a recent find. Another variation of a Wright pin. 7/8” across.

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Nice factory pin Tinman. I only have a couple of service pin awards, they are nice. As I recall the wizard left OZ for other adventures it might be the Tinman's turn to branch-out side of OZ. Here are a couple more patches. You have a GREAT collection of Homefront items, I have really enjoyed them. The same goes for KEF up in the N.W., he has brought a lot to this table. Thanks for sharing with us. Gregg

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Tinman

I pictured a patch this morning here that I believe is an Aircraft Manufactures patch and I was wondering if you have ever seen it before or believe that it could be or is an Aircraft Manufacturers patch.

 

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This is a group of patches from aircraft manufacturers located in Wichita KS during WW2. Beech, Cessna and Boeing still exist. To the best of my knowledge, none of these patches were used after the war. These companies brought in tens of thousands of workers from across the US to meet production needs. This Beech patch (5”) featuring the ‘Beech Busy Bee’ was created by Walt Disney especially for Beech. The same design came in a small enamel pin in two sizes. The patch was presented with an award document also featuring the same design. The winged B (4 ½” across) is a merit award, one of which the bee has on his chest, though the wing is on the opposite side (artistic license). Beech primarily built trainers though I have been told that some of the trainers were converted into bombers for the Chinese.
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Boeing patches.

 

I have never seen such great Boeing historical patches they are very unique.

You must have excellent bloodhound skills, hunting & tracking down hard to find objects.

Where did you find such interesting patches like these old Boeing pieces?

Are they unique to Wichita Div?

 

Perhaps the only other place that might have examples like these are in the Boeing Archives.

I have worked at Boeing (Everett, Wa) for over 25 years and have been collecting Boeing B-17 items

and never have run across such unusual Boeing patches.

I believe I have seen the black & gold patch on a few female employee's coveralls

in my collection of old Boeing News (company newspaper).

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Here is I believe, an Aircraft Manufactures Patch I picked up years ago and haven't found any history on it yet and I'm hopeing one of you might know something about it and if it even is an Aircraft Manufacturers Patch.

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Mike

 

Mike,

 

I believe your patch represents a Contract Flight School owned by William J. Graham. According to the book "Two Hundred Thousand Flyers" by Willard Wiener, Graham contracted with the U.S. Army to establish a primary flight school at Souther Field, near Americus, Georgia, in 1940. In March 1941, the school opened with fifty Flying Cadets receiving lessons from Civilian Flight Instructors under U.S. Army supervision. I believe your patch was worn on the uniform sleeve of civilian flight instructors at the school. A very nice patch...and highly collectible!

 

Russ

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I have never seen such great Boeing historical patches they are very unique.

You must have excellent bloodhound skills, hunting & tracking down hard to find objects.

Where did you find such interesting patches like these old Boeing pieces?

Are they unique to Wichita Div?

 

Perhaps the only other place that might have examples like these are in the Boeing Archives.

I have worked at Boeing (Everett, Wa) for over 25 years and have been collecting Boeing B-17 items

and never have run across such unusual Boeing patches.

I believe I have seen the black & gold patch on a few female employee's coveralls

in my collection of old Boeing News (company newspaper).

 

 

KEF, thank you for your kind comments. Actually, my good friend Gregg Parlin is, in part, responsible for my obsessive-compulsive patch addiction! As you can see by some of the terrific aircraft manufacturer patches Gregg has posted above, he is very knowledgeable in this field of collecting. Twenty years ago Gregg lured me in like a dope-dealer on a street corner! I remember his words well, "Here kid, the first patch is free." And bam, I was hooked!

 

Actually KEF, most of my patches were found around the Los Angeles area.

 

Russ

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This is a group of patches from aircraft manufacturers located in Wichita KS during WW2. Beech, Cessna and Boeing still exist.

 

 

Hi Tinman, thanks to you and others who posted some unusual, some rare, and all beautiful patches relating to aircraft manufacturers a nice change from run of the mill infantry patches.

 

I might have a couple tucked away in a box somewhere and until I find them then here are a pair of coveralls chenille embroidered with ' Chance - vought Aircraft ', made in white cotton herringbone twill material by the BlueBell jean company.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

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Picked this one up this weekend. Already posted in this thread but thought it was neat to see on the coverall. This one belonged to a female inspector... Very excited to get this.

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Hi good to see this thread opened up again after sitting dormant for four years, I would like to add another inspectors coverall for the Grumman Aircraft company, this is a pale OD herringbone twill material, made by the Criterion Uniform Co. Brooklyn NY. Size 38. Above the front top pocket are the letters ' P Z '.

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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