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


OUT OF OFFICE: September 15 through September 22 2019.

Thank you for visiting. We hope you will find some vintage artifact of interest here, but please be advised that we are currently out of the office, at the legendary MAX Show (Last one in Pittsburgh!) returning on Monday September 23rd, and we will not be able to ship until then. Feel free to place an order, or email us to place an artifact ON HOLD, but, again, we will not be able to ship until 9/23/19.
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.