Rare WWI 185th Aero Squadron (aka 'Bats') Shoulder Insignia

Rare WWI 185th Aero Squadron (aka 'Bats') Shoulder Insignia

Code: afib00185ae-CON

SOLD!!! No Longer Available!

Product Description


WE ARE OUT OF THE OFFICE!!!... We are OUT OF THE OFFICE for the NEXT TEN 10 DAYS, From Monday 10/18/21 until Wednesday 10/27/21 09/24, WITH LITTLE OR NO SHIPPING CAPABILITIES until our Return to THE OFFICE From our Travels to the Police Collectors National in St. Charles Missouri on Thursday October 28th.

Thank you for visiting. We hope you will find some vintage artifacts here on our site to add to your collection, BUT Please Note that we will be OUT OF THE OFFICE, from Monday 10/18/21 through Wednesday 10/27/21, and We will be UNABLE TO SHIP, until our return the Office on Thursday 10/28/21, at which time we will resume NORMAL SHIPPING CAPABILITIES. But, during our time away, we will be happy to accept any orders and get the ordered artifacts marked as SOLD right away.
Thank you, Ron & Kana

ARTIFACT: This is a wonderful and rare World War I United States 185th Aero Squadron shoulder insignia as worn by enlisted men (and possibly some officers) on the shoulder of their tunic. This particular patch was removed from a pennant, where it had resided since WWI. Known as the "Bats", the 185th adopted a smiling black bat against a full yellow moon for their insignia. The Bats were the only US night pursuit squadron to participate in World War I, and they fought on the Western Front for a short time before the Armistice. They were successful in derailing an enemy bombing mission on October 23, 1918.

VINTAGE: Circa World War I.

SIZE: Approximately 1-3/4" in height and 1-7/8" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Wool felt embroidered in cotton/silk thread, paper backing.

ATTACHMENT: Pennant has tie tabs.


ITEM NOTES: This is from a World War I Aero Squadron shoulder insignia collection that we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-JMB-VAJJJX14 LABEJX3/14 RET10/15

CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine-Excellent): The patch has only light wear.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.