Wednesday, April 26, 2017

USAF 321st STS Patch

USAF 321st Special Tactics Squadron Patch
The 321st Special Tactics Squadron is an active land based unit, within the 352d Special Operations Group (352 SOG), United States Air Force, United States European Command, and is based at Royal Air Force base, in Suffolk, eastern England.

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USAF 920th Operations Group Patch

USAF 920th Operations Group / Combat Rescue / Kings / That others may live Patch

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USAF Pararescue Name Tag Patch

USAF 33rd RQS / Pararescue / Green Feet / Pilot Wings / Nametag Patch (Japanese Made)

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USAF Pararescue Challenge Coin / 2017 Edition


USAF Pararescue Graduation Challenge Coin / 2017 Edition
Slightly bigger than other editions and the gold plated is definitely different than previous editions. There're some changes also on the guardian angel's face, parachute and the "Pararescue" wording.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

USAF 5040th Helicopter Squadron Patch

USAF 5040th Helicopter Squadron Patch
USA made Circa 1970. Removed from a flight jacket.

The 5040th Helicopter Squadron was activated at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska (AAC) in 1969. The unit began with H-21B helicopters and pilots that had been assigned to the 21st Operations Squadron, 21st Composite Wing, Alaskan Air Command, at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

A new patch was needed and Captain Duane "Smoke" Daily, a talented young officer, rose to the task. The design incorporated the blue sky at the top with the stars of the Big Dipper, which was part of the Alaska State flag. The round white "top of the world" showed our location in the far North with white snows of the glaciers. The yellow "swing" wings of the great flying bird represented the helicopter. In the bird's strong talons were the Lifesaving ring of rescue and the square box of supplies that we carried to the remote radar sites.

Starting in May 1970, the H-21's were replaced with 13 new Sikorsky HH-3E helicopters that were flown 3,350 miles directly from the Sikorsky factory at Stratford, Connecticut to Alaska. The H-21 pilots from Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska were re-assigned to the 5040th at Elmendorf.

The 5040th Helicopter Squadron was tasked with supporting remote Early Warning Radar Sites and performing Search and Rescue operations in interior Alaska. They were also responsible for "Rescap" for the F-4's of the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron stationed at Elmendorf AFB. They stood TDY Alert with the fighters at Eielson AFB, Galena AB, and King Salmon AB, Alaska. The HH-3E helicopter was an excellent aircraft for these tasks because of its speed, cargo capacity, long range in-flight refueling and water landing capabilities.

During the 1971 spring floods in interior Alaska, the 5040th H-3's flew many long hours evacuating and rescuing people from the outlying villages along the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers in central Alaska.

On 25 July 1971, a 5040th flight crew participated in the longest over water rescue for a land-based helicopter. The 10 1/2 hour mission, requiring 3 air-to-air refuelings, took them over 450 miles out to sea to pickup a Korean merchant seaman with acute appendicitis and take him to a Kodiak Island hospital where successful surgery was performed. (Entered into the Congressional Record by
Alaska Senator Nick Begich).

The 5040th HES was responsible for countless rescue missions in and around Cook Inlet and throughout the interior of Alaska. In the first two years of service, the Squadron flew over 10,000 hours.

In 1975, the Squadron was deactivated and aircraft and personnel were transferred to the 71st ARRS (MAC) at Elmendorf.

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USAF 39th ARRWG / Jolly Green / CAC 30 Patch

USAF 39th Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Wing / Jolly Green / Combat Air Crew 30 Patch
Made in Japan / Machine Embroidered Circa 1968/72 this is a beautiful, super detailed and EXTREMELY rare/hard to find patch from the Vietnam War era. Unfortunately so rare that there's not much information about the unit assigned to this squadron.

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USAF 351st BA Training SQ / Challenge Coin - Patch Set

USAF 351st Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron / Challenge Coin - Patch Set
Directly from Kirtland AFB, NM from the latest PJ/CRO Class, this amazing set were kindly donated by the legendary PJ Chipper Williams for the collection. HooYah! 
The coin is the instructor coin for PJ Instructors. This authentic coin is the subdued version and there's also a coloured version.

The 351st Battlefield Airman Training Squadron was activated in June 14, 2016 at a ceremony hold in Kirtland AFB and the Air Force said goodbye to Detachment 1 of the 342nd Training Squadron, which was deactivated.

The new squadron houses the USAF Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer School, and is responsible for training, mentoring and developing battlefield Airmen in land warfare and technical recovery skills. It is one of four new squadrons that will report directly to the Battlefield Airmen Training Group, which activated June 2 and is solely dedicated to training the Air Force's tactical ground component in technical rescue.





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USAF 347th RQW Challenge Coin

USAF 347th Rescue Wing Challenge Coin

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USAF 321st STS Challenge Coin

USAF 321st Special Tactics Squadron / "First There, That Others May Live" Challenge Coin

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USAF 71st SOS Challenge Coin

USAF 71st Special Operations Squadron Challenge Coin

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USAF 56th RQS / Pedro's Trail Aircraft Patch

USAF 56th Rescue Squadron / "Friends in low Places" / Pedro's Trail Aircraft Patch 
Original made in the UK 2015/6

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USAF 56th RQS / Jolly 22 / Pencil Pocket Tab

USAF 56th Rescue Squadron / Call Sign Jolly 22 / Pencil Pocket Tab
Original made in the UK 2015/6

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USAF 56th RQS / Jolly Green / PVC Patch

USAF 56th Rescue Squadron / Jolly Green / PVC Patch
Original made in the U.K in 2016

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USAF PJ/CRO School Sticker

USAF PJ/CRO School  / "We're all mad, you know" Sticker
Original made for the Pararescue/Combat Rescue Officer School in Kirtland AFB, NM and gently donated by PJ Chipper Williams. 



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USAF Pararescue / Jacket Patch

USAF Pararescue / Jacket Patch
Probably the biggest and most detailed Pararescue patch on earth, beautifully made with top materials and finished by hand. Gently donated by PJ Chipper Williams to the collection and wore by some PJ's MC's in their jackets. Measures 35x35cm. Custom made in Pakistan under an special order in a really small quantities (Less than 10 made!). An honour to get this unique patch in the collection. HooYa!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

WANTED!: USAF Rescue patches


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WANTED!: 1968 Korean made PJ Belt Buckle

In 1968, PJs stationed from the 33rd ARRS in Naha, Okinawa were sent to Osan Air Base, Korea. They crewed the HU-16B Albatross. This was in response to the capture of the USS Pueblo. A number of PJs also started crewing the HH-43B Huskie helicopter at several bases in Korea. After three different TDYs to Osan, some PJ’s were transferred to Kunsan AFB, Korea on the Huskie. I don't know which base (Osan or Kunsan) this happened on, but at one point a belt buckle vendor asked to borrow the PJ Flash (Badge, today) for a mold for a belt buckle with the PJ flash on it. PJ John Rattlif did that and in turn got a Heritage belt buckle in return. Koreans were using brass whenever they could at that time as them were still melting down brass shells left over from the Korean War.

“While I cannot be sure, I think that maybe Heritage Buckles may have made chrome-plated brass flashes too from that belt buckle mold. However, my belt buckle with the PJ Flash is not a good reproduction, with the face of the angel blank, and the letters not well done. But, this may also have been one of their first runs, and I got it for a good price (free). I like it because of its history.” John Rattlif

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

USAF SERE Instructor / Morale Patch Set

USAF SERE Instructor / Morale Patch Set
Original USAFSOC - AFG-PAK Circa 2016

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Friday, February 24, 2017

USAF Jolly Green / Vietnam Era Patch

USAF Jolly Green / Vietnam Era Patch
This is an extremely rare and super hard to find original wartime Japanese machine embroidered patch of U.S Air Force Air Rescue & Recovery Service / Jolly Greens used by HH-53 "Super Jolly Green Giant” pilots during Vietnam war.  It's believed the 9th Division Black Panthers were supported directly buy HH-53/ HH-3's in Vietnam, but also the panther could be from the 13th TFS and the rooster the 67th TFS. The insignia measures 3 1/3 X 6 inches and took me over 9 years to get my hands on this rare piece full of early days Jolly Greens heritage and history and super rare spoof patch. 

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USAF Pararescue Challenge Coin

USAF Pararescue / That Others May Live Challenge Coin
Beautiful and very detailed challenge coin recently made in 2016, they also come numbered which is pretty rare for a generic coin not assigned to an specific unit. 2” inch x 4mm of thickness makes this coin really heavy. 

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