320th BG 441 BS Patch

Discussion in 'Jacket Art / Patches - Original and Reproduction' started by Grant, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Grant

    Grant Well-Known Member

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    Thought it'd be cool to show an original un-issued patch next to a patch that saw 41 combat missions as worn by the lead navigator of the 441st. The issued patch is sewn on a Spiewak A-2. The un-issued patch was made in France towards the end of the war; the issued patch was hand tooled when they were based in Italy. The 32oth flew the B-26 Marauder. #widowmaker #flyingprostitute nsart_0001lrg.jpg .

    441bs320bg12afobv.jpg 320.jpeg
     
  2. ausreenactor

    ausreenactor Well-Known Member

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    Nice....
     
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  3. dujardin

    dujardin Well-Known Member

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    splendid
     
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  4. Silver Surfer

    Silver Surfer Well-Known Member

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    nice comparison, dr g.
     
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  5. EMBLEMHUNTER

    EMBLEMHUNTER Well-Known Member

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    This unit had several variations on their patch , here's some I've found , enjoy :) 441st Bombardment Squadron (2).jpg
     
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  6. Grant

    Grant Well-Known Member

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    Very cool, thanks for posting. The 441st was a tactical outfit moving as the front lines moved through North Africa, Sardinia, Italy and France. It makes sense they probably employed workers in each country as they moved to have patches made, hence the variety. I own an A-2 originally belonging to the lead navigator of the 441st. He told me his 441st patch sewn on in Italy and the cuff knits replaced in France. He said his A-2 got him through 41 combat missions without a scratch so considered it a good luck charm.
     
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  7. EMBLEMHUNTER

    EMBLEMHUNTER Well-Known Member

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    Grant , your welcome as to the images of the 441st, I can make you a leather patch of any of those posted if you want , PM me for info. Awesome that you have an original A-2 with the unit emblem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Johnny
     
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  8. shedonwanna

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    the north africa version, top right, is actually one i painted. the one below it is an original. i've painted these for the 320th association for several years.

    http://320thbg.org/320th_memorabilia.html
     
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  9. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

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    How was it that he parted ways with his lucky jacket?
     
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  10. Grant

    Grant Well-Known Member

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    He knew it was being well taken care of by someone who appreciated what he and the rest of the 441st did flying the Widowmaker.
     
  11. ties70

    ties70 Active Member

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    Hey Marcel,

    do you still have this one?

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    Ties
     

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