Scarce Early WWII USAAF 6th Antisubmarine Sq, 25th Antisub Wing / 479th Antisub Grp, AAFAC
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Scarce Early WWII USAAF 6th Antisubmarine Sq, 25th Antisub Wing / 479th Antisub Grp, AAFAC

Code: afsq20393abu

$675.00


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ARTIFACT:

This Squadron was originally activated as the 3d Reconnaissance Squadron in early 1941, and equipped with North American B-25 Mitchells as part of First Air Force. After the United States entered World War II the squadron was ordered to search for German U-boats and to fly aerial coverage of friendly convoys initially off the southeast coast. It then moved to Mitchel Field, New York to patrol the sea approaches to New York City. In April 1942, the squadron was redesignated as the 393d Bombardment Squadron (Medium).

Later in 1942, the squadron was redesignated again as the 6th Antisubmarine Squadron, and reassigned to 25th Antisubmarine Wing of Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command (AAFAC). 

After becoming part of the AAFAC, it was stationed at Westover Field, Massachusetts to patrol the sea approaches to Boston, then to Gander, Newfoundland to fly antisubmarine patrols over North Atlantic convoy routes. 

The squadron was then reassigned to the 479th Antisubmarine Group in Southwest England in August 1943 and flew patrols for German U-boats in the Bay of Biscay off the western coast of France from Brest south to the Spanish border. Along this part of the occupied French coast were major Kriegsmarine U-boat bases at Brest, Lorient, Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, and Bordeaux. 

In September 1943 the Squadron's ground echelon was ordered to Salt Lake City Army Air Base, Utah, after which the AAFAC was inactivated on 30 October 1943. The air echelon of the Squadron was disbanded in England in late November 1943, with squadron aircraft reassigned to the United States Navy. Squadron personnel remaining in England were reassigned to Eighth Air Force units as replacement personnel.

VINTAGE: Circa World War II.

SIZE: Approximately 5-3/4" in width by 2-7/8" in height.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Cotton embroidery thread on cotton twill.

ATTACHMENT: To be sewn onto Flight Clothing.

MARKINGS: N/A

ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Army Air Forces collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MAJJL94 LHGEX08/04/20 SLFGEX02/02/22

CONDITION: 7+ (Very Fine+): The patch shows minor wear, mostly to centers and minor soiling.

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