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ARTIFACT: Great Korean War circa 1952, 21st Troop Carrier Squadron (Heavy) jacket patch. This example is large, fully embroidered, and made in Japan. The center depicts a bumble bee wearing a flight helmet and goggles with the USAF emblem on its wings carrying items in its 'hands' in multicolored embroidered detail and surrounding it reads: "21st T. C. S. (H)" and along the bottom it reads: "BEE LINERS". The 21st was stationed at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan, there the squadron flew C-46 and C-47 aircraft and carried equipment, supplies, and personnel from to South Korea by way of Japan. The 21st participated in all combat engagements in Korea, perhaps most notable were the airdrops at Sunchon. In December of 1952, the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron (Heavy) was relieved of combat duties.
VINTAGE: Circa Korean War - 1952
SIZE: Approximately 5-3/8" x 4-1/2"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Fully embroidered patch, cotton/silk/polyester thread
ITEM NOTES: This is from a US Air Force collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MABEX16 LDEJX6/16
CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine—Excellent): The jacket patch shows minor to moderate wear, some light soiling, overall excellent condition.
GUARANTEE: As with all my items, this piece is guaranteed original.