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Control & Detection Units

Korean War Era

1st SHORAN Beacon Squadron, 5th AF, FEAF

Guided B-26 and B-29 Bommbers to their targets

SHORAN is addressed in the book, Gunships - A Pictorial History of Spooky, by Larry Davis, page 3:
"In Korea a device called SHORAN ...... was developed for the night combat role."  


Japan made Bullion, lots of wear, RFU Jacket, well-worn in Used Condition.....(sold)

( also on UI#57 page )

see these links for info:  http://www.csd  dot  uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/baugher_us/b029-12.html
http://en.wikipedia  dot  org/wiki/SHORAN

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Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line


circa 1958 - 1959

large 6 1/8", UnUsed...(sold)
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partial History
The DEW Line was a "Detection/Tipoff" operation only!
The DEW Line was the First Line of Detection for aircraft flying over-the-Pole
The other 2 lines of defense were the Pinetree Line and the Mid-Canada Line

Tactical Air Support
Squadrons & Groups
F-19 Insignia Common to ALO/FACs
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Forward Air Controller F-19 Diamond

Vietnamese Hand-embroidered F-19 FAC diamond, Unused......inquire

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Designed circa summer-1964 by a III Corps ALO/FAC Pilot

Translated into English the phrase "MOT MINH KHONG SO" means "I may be alone, but I am not afraid"

Strict translation of the Vietnamese words:
MOT (one) MINH (person ) = Alone
KHONG (not) SO (afraid) = Unafraid

Hand-embroidered Vietnamese Made, Unused.......inquire

HE in the RVN, Unused.......inquire

ALO = U. S. Air Liaison Officer with RVN Forces
FAC = Forward Air Controller
F-19 = "L-19" ( Cessna O-1 Bird Dog Aircraft )
MACH .2 = very slow
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"FAC" dog Beercan DI

scanned at 300dpi =  all the flaws show

listed as a generic FAC DI, made in Vietnam, Used......inquire

( anyone know the correct ID for this beercan? )

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F-19 Diamond


Have an extra, or unwanted, F-19 diamond patch, email:     Jack@LJMilitaria.com

"F-19"  Viet made.....(sold)   

VNAF 23rd Tactical Wing's O-1 FACs wore a similar patch

19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
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19th TASS "Curse you .harl.." Beercan DI

scanned at 300dpi = all the scratches show

Vietnam made, Used.....inquire
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19th TASS FAC callsign Sleepytime

Sleepytime Missions were probably phased-out by mid-1971


made in Vietnam, RFU, Used..........inquire

Flew O-2s from Bien Hoa, were phased-out to fly RUSTIC Night missions in Cambodia 1970-71 era
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OV-10 SEA made neckbib, as-new condition, Used......(sold)

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circa August 1968 - February 1969

I have never seen one of these - nor has anyone else I have asked!


OV-10A, Thai made, border tear above the "T" when removed from uniform, writing on back has bled-through to the front under the left wing, Used.....inquire

Pilot was stationed at Bien Hoa AFB, Vietnam

Combat Bronco partial History
In August 1968 the USAF began a 6-month Combat Evaluation of the Rockwell OV-10A Bronco in Vietnam
under the Project Name "Combat Bronco" .
The OV-10As were: disassembled, crated, & flown to Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam in C-133s and assigned to the
19th TASS to be evaluated under the "Combat Bronco" program as FACs.

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19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Asian made, UnUsed....inquire

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19th TASS working with the Thailand Volunteer Division

( First Forward Air Control (FAC) Squadron in the Republic of Vietnam )

19th TASS in support of the Panther Division of the RTAVF, Vietnam made, flew in the Long Thanh Area of Operations (AO), UnUsed..(sold)

(RTAVF = Royal Thailand Volunteer Force - Panther Division, arrived in-country in 1968)

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Black Panther Division patch from a 19th TASS Pilot's Estate


Made in Thailand, UnUsed......inquire

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UnCommon 19th TASS Novelty O-2A Skymaster Patch

(O-2As had several nicknames: Oscardeuce, Suck & Blow, and etc. - know of more, send me an e-mail)


19th Tactical Air Support Squadron "PARTICIPANT CESSNA DIVISION  SOUTH EAST ASIA WAR GAMES", 5 3/8" wide, Viet made, I think this is UnCommon or Rare, UnUsed....(sold)

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19th Tactical Air Support Squadron FACS
( these FACs were still flying during the battle for An Loc in 1972 )

( In February-March of 1972 the MIKE FACS(CCS) at Ban Me Thuot (BMTE) became SUN DOGs )

 ( Sun Dog FACs supported SF Operations in: IV Corps Tactical Zone (IV CTZ) & Cambodia )

19th TASS "CHICO" FAC, Thai made, Flew O-2As Skymasters out of TSN, marked: "OV-2 19 TASS Tan Son Nhut  FAC" on back, UnUsed....(sold)
(Cessna Model 337 Super Skmasters are similar to the military O-2As)
19th TASS "SUN DOG" FAC, SEA made, flew O-2As out of Tan Son Nhut, probably an early patch(?), UnUsed..(sold)
(flew Cambodian FAC missions along with the RUSTIC FAC callsigns)

( good page for SUN DOG FACs  www.oneko dot org/sundog/history.html )

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19th Tactical Air Support Squadron in Cambodia


19th TASS "RUSTIC FAC", Thai made, Rustic was the callsign used for Cambodia, UnUsed..(sold)

(one web site has the 23rd TASS as the "Rustic FACs"(?), see:   www.tlc-brotherhood dot org/bases.htm )

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from a RUSTIC FAC Pilot's estate


Cambodian Highway Patrol, made in Thailand, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

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19th TASS rare cartoon patch


19th Tactical Air Support Squadron "SNAP FACS", Viet made, flew the Capital Military District to the Rung Sat Special Zone,
written on the back is: "19 TASS", UnUsed....(sold)

19th TASS "A... .IL.EY'S BOYS  WE FAC ANYTHING", written on the back is: "19 TASS OV-2A BIN THUY",
minor stains-look like they are from the maker (I hope), UnUsed...(sold)

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19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS), Asian Made for the OV-10 era, UnUsed...(sold)

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partial History
19th TASS Lineage:
Redesignated and Activated 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (Light) June 17 1963
Organized on 8 Jul 1963; Discontinued/IinActivated August 8, 1964
Activated October 16, 1964; Organized October 21, 1964; Inactivated October 1, 1993
Pacific Air Forces, 17 Jun 1963
34th Tactical Group July 8 1963 - August 8 1964
Pacific Air Forces, 16 Oct 1964
34th Tactical Group, 21 Oct 1964
6251st TFW July 8 1965 (attached to 6250th TAC Air SUP GP(PROV) August 1 - NOV 8 1965)
505th Tactical Control Group November 8 1965
 (attached to Tactical Air Support Group, Provisional, 6250, 1 - 9 Sep 1966;
          attached to Tactical Air Support Group, Provisional, 6253, 9 Sep - 8 Dec 1966)
504th Tactical Air Support Group December 1966
314th Air Division, 15 Jan 1972; 51st Composite Wing (Tactical) , 30 Sep 1974;
5th Tactical Air Control Group, 8 Jan 1980; 51st Fighter Group, 1 Oct 1993.
Bien Hoa AB, RVN July 8 1963 - August 81964; Phan Rang AB August 1 1971

O-1, 1963-1970;  O-2 1968-1975; OV-10 1968-1971

Combat in Southeast Asia July 1963 to September 1971

( If you want the complete details go to the AF Historical site )

20th Tactical Air Support Sqadron


20th TASS, 1965-1973 era at Danang, 2 7/8", cheesecloth backing, UnUsed..(sold)

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9592CR - COVEY FAC Party Suit

click on picture for details

Covey FACS
The COVEY FACS became fully operational on September 4, 1965 as a unit of the 20th TASS
20th TASS assigned to 505th TACG
On December 8, 1966, the 20th TASS became a part of the 504th TACG assigned to Danang AB, RVN
The COVEY callsign was used to identify out-of-country SOG Operations
FACS operated from Danang/other locations flying into Laos & NVN locations known as "Route Package One"
COVEYs flew in support of the battle at Khe Sanh; as well as providing support for other USMC Units in Northern I Corps
Supported "out-of-country" SOG Operations/OPs for: SHINING BRASS, PRAIRIE FIRE, & PHU DUNG road watch teams
COVEY FACs flew: O-1 E/F Birddogs 1965 - ?, O-2As 1967 - ?, and OV-10s 1969 - ?
20th TASS was de-activated on March 27, 1973; OV-10 pilots reassigned to 23rd TASS at NKP RTAFB, Thailand
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flew OV-10s out of Pleiku, RVN

20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Vietnam made..(sold)

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Covey FACs Laotian Highway Patrol

Laotian Highway Patrol, Thai made, UnUsed..........inquire

Lao HWY Patrol, Interstate shield design, Thai made, UnUsed.......inquire

Fully embroidered, Thai made, UnUsed.......inquire

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from "Covey" FAC Pilot's Grouping

Okinawa, Japan made, 2 3/4"+, no stitch marks, probably never worn(?), UnUsed.....inquire
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Tiger Hound


Vietnam made, RFU, Used......inquire
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partial History
Operation Tiger Hound was a covert USAF and Navy TF-77 aerial interdiction campaign conducted in Southeastern Laos from December 5, 1965 through November 11, 1968.  The geographic boundary of the operation was carved from the area of Laos already under bombardment under Operation Steel Tiger. This was done at the behest of General William C. Westmoreland, who saw the area of Laos that bordered the five northernmost provinces of South Vietnam as an extension of his area of operations. Unlike Operation Barrel Roll and Steel Tiger the bombing in the new area would be conducted by aircraft of the VNAF and by USAF units based in South Vietnam (aircraft participating in Barrel Roll and Steel Tiger were generally based in Thailand).
In the latter part of 1965, the 20th TASS was assigned the out-of-country mission, which entailed flying interdiction missions over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. Its area of operations (AO) was designated TIGERHOUND. To meet its mission requirements it was necessary to establish a number of forward operating bases (FOB) to support the operation. Initially, FOBs were established at Khe Sanh, Kham Duc, and Kontum. Eventually, the sites were expanded to include Danang, Dong Ha, Dak To, and Pleiku
In mid-July 1966, the 20th TASS was assigned another mission and AO. The new mission was designed TALLY HO. The AO was part of the STEEL TIGER area located in North Vietnam from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to about 30 miles north of the DMZ. The TALLY HO missions were flown from Dong Ha. During this period, it was decided that all out-of-country tactical call signs would carry the name of COVEY.
The 0-1, whether by design or accident proved to be an outstanding FAC aircraft. It provided exceptional visibility, was not complicated, and was surprisingly easy to fly. However, as the weapons of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese regulars became more sophisticated, the 0-1’s vulnerability was accentuated. This vulnerability was countered by a new FAC aircraft.
The new FAC aircraft was the Cessna 0-2A, which was a modified Cessna 337. It was an inline dual engine aircraft with one propeller pushing and the other pulling. From late 1966 until late 1968, approximately 350 0-2s were contracted for by the Air Force. The first 0-2s, to arrive in country were assigned to the 20th TASS. They were then assigned to Dong Ha and Khe Sanh to provide a more substantial FAC aircraft to deal with the improvements in the enemy’s weaponry. By reading some of the narratives submitted by 0-2 pilots, the reader will become acutely aware of the 0-2’s capabilities and limitations.
The 0-2 was an interim aircraft, but it filled a void while the 0V-10 was being developed. The 0V-10 was a more sophisticated and durable FAC vehicle: it had greater ordinance carrying capability, more loiter time, a bit more power, and a greater array of conventional navigation aids and in-flight instrumentation. The 20th TASS received its first 0V-10s in July 1969. The arrival of the 0V-10s to complement the O-2As resulted in the transfer of the 0-1s to other units.
By October 1969, the 20th TASS, while supporting five US Army and six South Vietnam force locations, as well as the out-of-country operations, was operating from Danang and eleven FOBs. As the US Army began to gradually reduce its presence in 1972 and 1973, the 20th TASS began withdrawing from its FOBs.
In response to the North Vietnamese spring offensive of 1972, the 20 TASS reestablished some of its former FOBs. It is notable to mention that in June 1972, the 20th TASS had tripled its pre-invasion sorties. Further, Covey FACs from Danang using 0V-10s were a vital and integral part of base defense operations during that year.
In January 1973, the 20th TASS ceased operations at its last FOB, and flew its final missions in Vietnam. The 0-2s were turned over to the Vietnamese Air Force, and the 0V-10s were assigned to other USAF units in Southeast Asia.
On January 25, 1973, the 20th TASS moved, without personnel or equipment, to George AFB, California.
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Task Force "Tiger Hound" DI & "JAKE" FAC Business Card

both items came from the same Pilot

scanned at 300dpi

Jake FAC Business Card, probably made in Thailand, UnUsed.....inquire
( Callsign "JAKE" was assigned for use on October 1, 1966 )

Task Force Tiger Hound Beercan DI, Vietnam made, Used....inquire

TF Tiger Hound/Tally Ho partial History
Task Force Tiger Hound/Tally Ho reported to 7th AF but was attached to the 20th TASS at Danang
TF moved to other airfields in Vietnam/Thailand but used Danang as their home field.
One job assigned to this TF was interdicting Supply Routes into I Corps.
The callsign "Covey" was used by, at least, one Tiger Hound Pilot.
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post-1973 Insignia

20th TASS "FIRST ON TARGET", modern insignia, UnUsed.....27.00
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partial History
Constituted 20th Transport Squadron on 22 Nov 1940;  Activated on 15 Dec 1940
Redesignated: 20th Troop Carrier Squadron on 5 Jul 1942; 20th Troop Carrier Squadron (Special) on 13 Nov 1943;
20th Troop Carrier Squadron on 12 Apr 1944; 20th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy, on 17 Jun 1948;
20th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 4 Oct 1948; Inactivated on 20 Oct 1949
"Redesignated" 20th TASS (Light) & Activated 26 Apr 1965
Inactivated 1 Apr 1973
"Redesignated" 20th TASS and activated 1 Oct 1973 as part of the 601st Tactical Control Wing;
Inactivated 30 Sep 1984
Activated on 1 Apr 1990 as part of the 507th Tactical Air Control Wing
France Field, Canal Zone, 15 Dec 1940;  Howard Field, Canal Zone, 19 Feb 1942;
Albrook Field (later, Albrook AFB) Canal Zone, 9 Jun 1943-20 Sep 1948; Bergstrom AFB, Texas, 4 Oct 1948;
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 8 May 1965-15 Jan 1973; George AFB, Calif, 15 Jan-1 Apr 1973.
Wiesbaden AB, West Germany, 1 Oct 1973;
Sembach AB, West Germany, 8 Jan 1976-30 Sep 1984.
Shaw AFB, SC, 1 Apr 1990 - ?
0-1 1965-1969;  0-2 1967-1973,1973-1974;  OV-10 1969-1973, 1974-1984

( below verbage has not been edited for details )
20th TASS organized 8 May 1965 at Da Nang AB, Republic of Vietnam. It received its first O-lF aircraft in late May and began operations in Aug 1965. Provided visual reconnaissance and airborne forward air control for tactical offensive operations, and also gave theater indoctrination flight checkouts in assigned aircraft for newly assigned aircrews in Southeast Asia. As the squadron expanded its operations, it established several detachments at forward locations throughout South Vietnam. In Jan 1969, received first OV-10A, and in July transferred its last 0-1. By Oct 1969, the 20th operated from Da Nang and eleven forward locations, supporting five U.S. Army and six South Vietnamese Army forces locations.
The U.S. Armed Forces gradually withdrew from South Vietnam in 1970-1972, and the 20th discontinued its forward operating locations in 1971 and early 1972.
Then, after the North Vietnamese invaded the south in Apr 1972, the 20th again set up forward operating locations. In Jun 1972, it flew three times the missions it had in mar, prior to the invasion. In addition to FAC, liaison, observation, and reconnaissance missions, the 20th, in response to enemy rocket attacks on Da Nang AB during 1972, provided base defense with the OV-10A aircraft equipped with small bombs, 2.75 inch rockets, and 7.62 mm guns. In Jan 1973, the squadron discontinued its last forward operating location, flew its last mission, turned its 0-2As over to the Vietnamese Air Force and its OV-lOAs to other USAF squadrons in Southeast Asia.
On 15 Jan 1973 the squadron moved, without personnel or equipment, to George AFB, Calif, where it remained unmanned until it inactivated on 1 Apr 1973 .
On 1 Oct 1973 the 20th TASS activated at Wiesbaden AB, West Germany, to provide forward tactical air control for U.S. Army, Europe, and Seventh Army operations. The squadron had only three 0-2A aircraft available until Jul 1974, when it began flying OV-10A aircraft. Engaged in close air support training during USAFE, NATO, and U.S. Army exercises, its pilots served as both ground and airborne forward air controllers
( above verabage has not been perused for details )

21st Tactical Air Support Squadron


21st TASS, hand-embroidered in Vietnam, UnUsed......inquire
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21st Tactical Air Support Squadron Beercan DI


Callsign "CAGEY"

left picfile shot by a camera - right scanned at 300dpi
tough DI to put in a picfile

 Large 1 11/16" 21st TASS Beercan, Vietnam made, Used......inquire

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21st TASS

I believe this design rcognizes the Enlisted "Radio Operator, Maintainer, and Driver" (ROMAD)(?)

patch is circa 1982 at Shaw AFB, NC flying O-2As

3 1/4" (vertical), plastic backing, Unused.......inquire

anyone knowing the history of this unit after 1970, contact: Jack@LJMilitaria.com

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partial History
21st TASS activated on May 8 1965
Operational August 1 1965 and attached to the 6250th Tactical Air Support Group (Provisional)
Organized at Pleiku, RVN with 30 O-1E/F aircraft
On November 8 1965 the 6250th was redesignated 505th Tactical Air Support Group
Squadron was reassigned and relocated to Nha Trang September 1966 and attached to the 14th Air Commando Wing
December 8 1966 the 505th TASG was re-designated 504th Tactical Air Control Group
21st TASS Headquarters remained at Nha Trang until October 1969, then moved to Cam Ranh Bay
Final relocation was back to the 377th Air Base Wing at Tan Son Nhut on March 15 1972
Deactivated February 23 1973 at TSN, RVN
stationed at Shaw AFB, NC circa 1982 flying O-2As
21st TASS provided visual reconnaissance and airborne forward air control support of tactical offensive operations

Only Medal of Honor won by a Bird Dog FAC in South Vietnam went to Captain Hillard Wilbanks, 21st TASS

Aircraft losses while engaged in combat were: 18 x O-1E;  14 x O-1F;  9 x O-1G;  16 x O-2A;  1 x  OV-10A

22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron

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3 x variations


22nd TASS, staple marks, above bird, when it was displayed on a board, UnUsed.....inquire

22nd TASS,  3.75", UnUsed.....inquire

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partial History
22d TASS (Light) constituted and activated April 26 1965; Inactivated on 22 Sep 1988

PACAF April 26 1965; 2d AD May 8 1965; 505th TAC CT GP November 8 1965; 504th TAC Air SUP GP December 8 1966;
5th TAC CT GP May 15 1971; 6486th ABW September 1971; 15th ABW November 1971; 326th ADApril 1980 - Sept 1988

Binh Thuy AFB, RVN May 8 1965; Bien Hoa AFB January 15 1970; Wheeler AFB, Hawaii May 15 1971 - 22 Sept 1988
Aircraft:  0-1 1965-1971;  0-2 1967-1971; 1971-1983

Organized at Binh Thuy, RVN and performed: Visual Reconnaissance, convoy escort, and other missions
Operated Cessna 0-1 aircraft 1965-1971; Cessna 0-2 aircraft 1967-1971
Absorbed by the 19th TASS January 15 1971
Unit designator Transferred on paper to Wheeler AFB, Hawaii May 15 1971

? 22nd TASS Detachment at Moc Hoa ?

? or is it a 199th RAC Swamp Fox supporting MACV Team 85 at Moc Hoa ?

If you have info contact: Jack@LJMilitaria.com

( 22nd TASS at Moc Hoa wore an "Andy Capp" patch, holding a Beer, captioned "Flip You Charlie" in the 1967-68 era and used the callsigns "ANDY 72 - 76 )

also on the UI  & Army Aviation 199th RAC pages

22nd & 23rd TASS

Thai made

22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron, Thai made, UnUsed......(sold)

23rd TASS, "FAC", insect under an umbrella, Thai made, Unused.......inquire

( Both squadrons were under the 504th Tactical Air Support Group )

23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron Name Tag

Day Callsign = "Cricket"

Night Callsign = "Nail"


23rd TASS FAC Name Tag  made in Thailand, "NAIL" was one of their Callsigns during the Vietnam Era....inquire

23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS) Thai made patch, stationed at Nakhon Phanom(NKP).......(Sold)

( See 21st SOS  for SS Mayaguez Plaque for the 23rd TASS )
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A bit of History from the 1967-68 era
The Black background patch was for a "tour" of "Night Missions" (a "tour" of NIght Missions was for 28 days)
The "Day Missions" patch had a Blue background  
( information from a Pilot )
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(cut from a Party Suit - I believe this is an UnCommon patch)


23rd TASS Photographic MIssion, Vietnam made, cut from a party Suit, Used.....(sold)

Handmade Flag removed from same Party Suit


Handmade U. S. Flag removed from 23rd TASS PHOTO FAC Pilot's Party suit, Used.......(sold)

( One of the better quality HE flags from SEA )

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23rd TASS Pilot's Grouping from NKP

(all Thailand made, one still in Tailor Shop's plastic bag)

23rd TASS FAC, removed from K-2B Flight suit (was worn on right shoulder), Used.....(sold)

56th SOW, UnUsed....(sold)

7th AF, UnUsed.....inquire

7/13th Air Force(s), Mint-in-Opened-Plastic-Bag, UnUsed.....inquire

( 7th and 13th AF patches are also linked from their respective sections on the CMD page )
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Issue Patches


"BEST IN THE WEST", UnUsed....inquire

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Modern patch with plastic back

23rd TASS, UnUsed....inquire

24th Tactical Air Support Squadron

supported Operation Just Cause with their OA-37 Dragonfly aircraft

24th TASS based at Howard AFB, Panama, UnUsed.......inquire

27th Tactical Air Support Squadron


older, RFU jacket, Used.....inquire

Modern, UnUsed....inqnuire

71st Air Support Group

"Guiding The Sword"


71st TAS Gp, 4 1/8", UnUsed......inquire

Not much History:
the 23rd TASS was assigned to the 71st in 1973 while the 23rd was still in SEA

103rd Tactical Air Support Squadron


Insignia used a short time = December 1989 to March 1992,


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partial History
Redesignated 103rd TASS May 27, 1969
Converted to Fairchild OA-10As on December 31, 1989
Redesignated 103rd Fighter Squadron March 15, 1992

137th Tactical Air Support Squadron


"The Dog" flying a "sucker-blower" O-2A, RFU, Used.......inquire



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partial History
137th FS allotted to New York ANG in 1946
REDES FIS in 1952
REDES Aeromedical Transport Squadron in 1961
REDES ATS in 1962
REDES MAS in 1966
Redesignated 137th TASS May 28, 1969 flying Cessna U-3A/Bs
Converted to Cessna O-2As in April 1971
Redsignated 137th MAS May 1, 1984, received C-5As in 1985

703rd Tactical Air Support Squadron

"The Magnificent Men"

 703rd TASS, UnUsed.......25.00

Direct Air Support Flights

5th Direct Air Support Flight

405th Fighter Wing


( for details click on  picture  )

Tactical Air Control Groups/Wings/Squadrons

5th Tactical Control Group


5th TAC CT GP, looks Korean made, RFU, Used.......inquire

( I might have got this with the Combat Control Team Grouping? )

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Unit may have been associated with the 51st CVOMP WG in Korea

11th Tactical Control Group


11th TAC CT GP, 3", UnUsed.....inquire
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No info - anyone know anything about this unit?

103rd Tactical Control Flight

152nd Tactical Control Group


circa 1971 - 1977, RFU (was handsewn to a shirt), Used......inquire

( I researched the Flight; mainly tidbits, nothing exact = best I could determine was the time-frame )

Anyone know more info?

504th Tactical Air Support Group

Very Rare Instructor's Insignia

Instructor's Patch from "FAC U" at Cam Rahn Bay, circa 1969-70

(504th TASGP controlled: 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, & 23rd TASS)


Thai made, VERY Rare patch forCallsign DART 08, "OV-10 Hot Brake Award", I assume only one Patch was ever made for this Instructor Pilot, One of the Rarest from an Outstanding Unit, UnUsed.....(sold)

(DART was the callsign used by the Insturctors for OV-10 FACs at Cam Rahn Bay)

507th Tactical Air Control Wing


507th TACW, looks 1960s construction with the khaki base-cloth, UnUsed.....inquire

partial History
Was a "Group" at Shaw AFB in 1964
Was a "Wing" in 1990
1975 - 1991 at Keesler AFB
1994 - at Offutt AFB
August 1975 - 7th ACCS was assigned

( Not much on this unit...if you know info send it to me or let me know of a good site )

619th Tactical Control Squadron


 Hand-Embroidered - Vietnam made


619th TCS "VIS A TERGO", tailor's glue bled through to the front, UnUsed....inquire
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partial History
Constituted 619th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron July 2, 1946; Activated August 1, 1946; Inactivated April 1, 1949 Redesignated 619th TCS August 1, 1953; Activated Nov 1, 1953; Inactivated Jan 18, 1959
Activated Dec 10, 1963; Organized April 8, 1964; Inactivated March 15, 1973; Activated Dec 15, 1989
501st TCW December 18, 1957 - January 18, 1959
PACAF December 10, 1963
5th TAC CT GP April 8, 1964
505th Tactical Control Group November 8, 1965 - March 15, 1973
5th Tactical Control Group December 15, 1989 -  
Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Republic of South Vietnam  April 8, 1964 - March 15, 1973
Osan AB, ROK December 15, 1989 -

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620th TCS Tactical Control Center - North Sector

Monkey Mountain (Son Tra)  Vietnam

Possibly DET-1

( if interested - I have a 600dpi JPEG of the emblem )

stamped "ZAIMA CORD", well-constructed-probably made in Japan, very nice emblem, not much wear, Used.....inquire

( also on Lighter page )

( see their web site for information:   http://www.squawk-flash  dot org/620th_tcs/620th.htm )

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621st Tactical Control Squadron

"PRO OBSERVATIO POSITIVA" = For Positive Control

"ASRT" = Air Support RADAR Team

621st TAC CT SQ , Thai made, UnUsed.....inquire

621st TCS "ASRT SUPPORT JOCKEY" "RADIO RELAY", Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire

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Detachment 5, 621st Tactical Control Squadron


Stationed at NKP RTAFB, Thailand 23 February, 1966 to October 1, 1975


621st TCS, DET-5, UnUsed.....(sold)
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circa 1976 - 1978?


Subdued 621st TAC CONTROL SQ, Asian made, Used.......inquire

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partial History
621st Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron was formed July 2, 1946; Activated August 1, 1946; Inactivated February 3, 1958
Redesignated 621st Tactical Control Squadron & Activated  February 7, 1966; Organized February 23, 1966
41st AD 15 Mar 1955 - 3 Feb 1958
Pacific Air Forces February 7, 1966
505th Tactical Control Group, 23 Feb 1966
432nd Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 432nd TF) Wing March 25, 1973 (attached 7th AF 25 Mar 1973 - 1 May 1975)  
13th AF 1 May 1975
17th AD July 1,  1975
13th AF January 1, 1976
51st Composite Wing (Tactical)  8 Jan 1976
5th Tactical Air Control (later, 5th Tactical Control) Group 8 Jan 1980 -
Sado Shima, Japan, 14 Oct 1954 - 3 Feb 1958
Udorn Airfield (RTAFB), Thailand, 23 Feb 1966 - 8 Jan 1976
Osan AB, ROK January 8, 1976 -  
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( good site for the 505th TAC CT GP  http://www.squawk-flash  dot  org/  )

727th Tactical Control Squadron


727th TAC CON SQ, 2 15/16", UnUsed......inquire

partial History
previously known as  727th AC&W SQ
Assigned to USAAF Air Warfare Center (USAFAWC) at Hurlburt AFB, FL in 1979
Redesignated 727th Air Control Squadron November 1, 1991

6147th Tactical Control Group in Korea
Japan made patches - circa 1953

3 1/8" "MOSQUITO", RFU, comes with his K-47 (APO 970) Airmen's Open Mess Card, Used.......inquire

4 1/4" "MOSQUITO", Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire

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History of the Group
6147th Tactical Control Squadron activated August 1, 1951 providing target spotting for Tactical aircraft
In April 1951 the 6147th was redesignated to Group status and Organized 3 Squadrons

Squadrons Formed after Group was Activated in April 1951:
6148th Tactical Control Squadron April 25, 1951
6149th Tactical Control Squadron April 25, 1951
942nd Forward Air Control Squadron attached June 20, 1953
6150th Tactical Control Squadron April 25 1951 to June 20, 1953

6147th TCG earned three Distinguished Unit Citations during the war

 Tactical Air Control Party

Beret Qualification Badge for TACP

"Death on Call"


U. S. Air Force badge, looks Asian made(?), heavyweight construction, UnUsed.....inquire

( If anyone knows the History of the TACP badge please e-mail    Jack@LJMilitaria.com  )
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Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)
Air Force Specialists, wearing Black Berets, that are assigned to Army combat maneuver units around the world.
  TACP Mission: planing, requesting, & directing Air Strikes against enemy targets in close proximity to friendly forces.

Close Air Support (CAS) has it's roots in WWI and was greatly expanded in WWII.
Korea brought further development and Vietnam experience made it a necessity for Ground Troops.

Vietnam brought forth the term ROMAD ( enlisted Radio Operator, Maintainer, and Driver) as it was determined
that Pilot's sent to Ground Units for CAS operations were not fully-functional without Radios that worked
or without dedicated vehicles to transport their equipment. Enter the ROMAD who was a Jack-of-all-trades!

Later the Enlisted Terminal Attack Controller (ETAC) Career Field was developed.  An ETAC is a highly trained ROMAD who
can order a Close Air Strike(thus eliminating the need for a Pilot Officer).
ETACs are assigned to Tactical Air Control Parties (TACPs) in all types of manuever units: Airborne, Air Assault, Armor, Mechanized, Ranger, and Special Operations.

Information sent to me from an Active Duty USAF Sergeant
"Heraldry of the TACP Flash and Crest
U.S. Air Force ordinary holds the position of honor. It is supported by the erect wings, which symbolize the combat-ready Air Force, and the Theater Air Control System (TACS). At the bottom of the wings rest the TACP ordinary, representing the most forward element of the TACS. The sword symbolizes the strength and firepower controlled by the TACP, while the lightning bolt represents a modern day standard for communications, the backbone of the TACP. The 8-point omni-directional star symbolizes the worldwide mobility commitment of the TACP as well as its ability to navigate over all terrain via any means. The scarlet border of the cloth flash symbolizes the immense firepower that can be brought to bear when Air Force and Army assets are combined. The dovetail red divider symbolizes the strong, interlocking relationship between the Army (the field of green) and the Air Force (the field of blue) created by the liaison functions of the TACP."
( I have not edited this information )

( see this site for more information:  www.romad.com )

Direct Air Support Center/Controllers

604th Direct Air Support Squadron

604th DASS, large 4.5", 1968 - 1975 era, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire

604th DASS, 1968 - 1975 era, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire

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partial History
604th DASS activated September 15, 1968 at Wheeler AFB, Hawaii
Staffed with personnel from the 7th Direct Air Support Flight that was deactivated September 15 1968
It deployed Direct Air Support Center(DASC) and Tactical Air Control Party(TACP) Elements of the Tactical Air Control System
as directed by CINCPACAF
604th DASS Deactivated May 17, 1976

I CORPS Direct Air Support Center

made in Thailand


I Corps "I  DASC", Unused......inquire

Direct Air Control Center for the Nothern Military Region in South Vietnam

Combat Control Team

Combat Control Team Grouping

"STRAC" Trooper - lots of starch

All but the bottom 2 x new condition Korean Badges were RFU, some sewing threads still in the badges (tough to pull = too much starch)

I will sell these seperately...............inquire

( I might have got this Group with the 5th TAC CT GP Patch? )

( also on ALLO and SF pages )

Combat Control Team
"First In, Last Out"


"P272XOD" ( = AFSC "Job Code" ), large patch, pre-Maroon Beret era, UnUsed........inquire

partial History
Combat Control Teams (CCT) were merged into Aerial Port Squadrons In March of 1953
Re-Assigned to Director of Operations in 1977
Re-Assigned to: Squadrons or Detachments July 1984 reporting to Air Forces
Re-Assigned to Wings in 1991

( also on UI Page #97, in CT & SUP Box )

Combat Control Team

Flash/Qualification Badge


pre-1984 Flash, worn on the Red Beret, by N.S. Meyers, INC., of New York City, Unused.....inquire

partial History from a Veteran of the Pope Team, crica 1982-86
".........worn on the red beret............pre-1984 before the teams were placed under squadrons. After(wards) they switched to a smaller and darker version of the same flash that many of us didn't care much for, but were made to change to.  When the USAF switched their dress uniforms to polished hardware, the CCT flash followed suit, where it is today. Before the flash was authorized, CCTs wore jump wings on their berets that coincided with their jump rating of basic, senior or jumpmaster.
( I have deleted/added to the above )

( If anyone knows more of the History of the CCT badges please e-mail    Jack@LJMilitaria.com  )

( also on UI Page #97, in CT & SUP Box )

 Aircraft Warning and Control
Airborne Early Warning & Control

551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

"Videre est Parari"
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551st AEW&C WG, 3 1/2", UnUsed.....inquire

552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing


552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing
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552nd A.E.W. & C. WG patches


552nd A. E. W. & C. WING. 4 5/8", 1960s era, patch obtained while on SEA duty, UnUsed.....(sold)
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Variation of the "winged" Tower


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SEAOR-62 = Southeast Asia Operational Requirement-62

Category: I, II, and III Stage patches

The CAT III patch is for the EC-121T ( notice the "T" on the "Fat Cow" )

Prefer to sell as a Group, made in Thailand, UnUsed.....inquire

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552nd AEW&C Wing, Crew 386?

EC-121D type aircraft with a "Belly Dome"

"Gunslingers" = assisted the F-4s in shooting down a MIG?

Found with 7th ACCS "Orbit" patches


UI#50 - "CREW 386" "ABLE GUNSLINGERS", Thailand made, UnUsed....inquire

( also on UI #50 & 7th ACCS(SOS#1) pages )
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552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing



552nd AW&C WG, UnUsed.......inquire

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DET 1, 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing


ELF ONE Command began flying over Saudi Arabia in October 1980


Detachment 1, 552nd AW & C Wing, UnUsed........(sold)
flew E-3 AWACS out of Saudi Arabia, controlled by USAFE and then by Central Command
( ID is from Mr. Polder's Book 4, page 160 )
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partial History
Established 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing March 30, 1955 & Activated July 8, 1955
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Group  July 1, 1974; Inactivated  April 30, 1976
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing  5 May 1976; Activated  1 Jul 1976
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Division  1 Oct 1983
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing  1 Apr 1985
Redesignated 552nd Air Control Wing  October 1, 1991

8 Air Division (Airborne Early Warning and Control), 8 Jul 1955; Western Air Defense Force, 1 Jul 1957; 28th Air Division (SAGE), 1 Jul 1960; Fourth Air Force, 1 Apr 1966; Tenth Air Force, 15 Sep 1969; Aerospace Defense Command, 15 Nov 1969-30 Apr 1976. Tactical Air Command, 1 Jul 1976; 28 Air Division, 1 Apr 1985; Tactical Air Command, 29 May 1992; Air Combat Command, 1 Jun 1992; Second Air Force, 1 Oct 1992; Twelfth Air Force, 1 Jul 1993; Eighth Air Force, 1 Oct 2002-.

3rd Airborne Command and Control: 1 Aug-1 Nov 1986
7th Airborne Command and Control: 1 Oct 1976-1 Apr 1985
8th Tactical Deployment Control: 1 Jan 1978-1 Mar 1986
41st Electronic Combat: 1 Jul 1980-1 Apr 1985.
960th Airborne Warning and Control Support (later, 960 Airborne Warning and Control): 1 Sep 1979-1 Apr 1985
961st Airborne Warning and Control Support (later, 961 Airborne Warning and Control): 1 Oct 1979-1 Apr 1985
963rd AEW&C (later, 963 Airborne Warning and Control): 8 Jul 1955-30 Apr 1976; 1 Jul 1976-29 May 1992
964th AEW&C (later, 964 Airborne Warning and Control): 8 Jul 1955-30 Jun 1974; 1 Jul 1977-29 May 1992
965th AEW&C (later, 965 Airborne Warning and Control): 8 Aug 1955-30 Jun 1971; 1 Jul 1978-29 May 1992
966th AEW&C (later 966 ABN Warning and CONT Training): 1 May 1963-1 Jul 1969; 15 Nov-31 Dec 1969; 1 Jul 1976-29 May 1992

McClellan AFB, CA July 8, 1955 - April 30, 1976
Tinker AFB, OK July 1, 1976 -

RC-121 ( later redesignated EC-121D ) 1955-c. 1959, c. 1961 - 1963
TC-121 1959-c. 1961, 1967 - 1969
EC-121D ( formerly called a RC-121 ) 1963-1976
C-121 1967-1976
EC-130 1976-1985, 1992-1993
WC-135 1977-1982
E-3 1977 -
EC-135 1979-1986, 1992-1996
C-135 1979 - 1981, 1983-1986, 1992 - 1996

In Southeast Asia the 552nd AEW&C Wing flying unarmed aircraft aided in: downing enemy planes, directed U.S. aircraft to Aerial Refuelers, & guided SAR aircraft to downed aircrews
 April 4---"Big Eye" TF deploys to SEA
July---An EC-121D assists 8th TFW's F-4 in first SEA MIG kill
July---Big Eye Redesignated Project College Eye
The last TC-121C left the Wing; "C" models were replaced with "G" models
December---552nd receives first EC-121R
August---Project College Eye flies last active combat mission
November---DET-1 relocates from Kwang Ju, Korea to Korat RTAFB, Thailand
May---DET-1 ("College Eye") Inactivates and assests Return to McClellan AFB, CA

607th AC&WS - Korean War era
Japan made backpatch
"E Legitimus Non Carborundum"

607th AC&WS, "SIX ON NATURAL" "SWAMI OF THE AIRWAYS", Japan made, UnUsed.......(sold)

678th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron


678th ACWRON "PARATI, VOLENTES ET POTENTES", UnUsed....(missing)

687th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron

Large 687th AC & W SQ, older patch, UnUsed......inquire

727th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron


727th AC & W SQ, 1960s era, UnUsed....inquire

partial History
727th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron, Detachment 4, Shaw AFB, Sumter County, South Carolina
redesignated  727th TAC AIR CT

768th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron



768th AC & W SQ, only 1950s references on the Web, older patch due to the straight-wing Jet aircraft, Unused...(sold)

partial History
768th AC&W Squadron (Mother Goose), Moriary Air Force Station, New Mexico

774th Air Control and Warning Squadron

("Watchdog of the Valley" = San Joaquin Valley (Central Valley) of California)  


774th AC&WS, Madera Air Force Station in the 1950s, UnUsed..(sold)

915th Airborne Early Warning & Control Group


915th AEW & C GP, more to be added....38.00

On Dec. 1, 1976, the Reserve activated the 915th Airborne Early Warning and Control Group
at Homestead AFB, Florida to provide control and command supervision over the 79th AEW&CS

960th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron

964th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron

960th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron, 1955 - 1969 era, UnUsed........47.00

964th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron "PAX IN VIGILANTIA", 1955 - 1974 era, RFU, Used.......37.00
( made by sealing a paper insignia between 2 layers of plastic - common for this unit )

partial History
960th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron Constituted on 8 Dec 1954 and Activated on 8 Mar 1955;
Inactivated on 31 Jul 1969; Redesignated 960th Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron on 31 Jul 1979

partial History
Constituted 964th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron 8 Dec 1954 and Activated on 8 Mar 1955;
inactivated on 30 Jun 1974; redesignated 964th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 7 Feb 1977

961st Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron

circa 1954 - 1969 flying EC-121s


961st AEW & C SQ, unusual peel-off backing, been in a scrapbook, UnUsed......inquire

( stored in Gray Cabinet )
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partial History
961st Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron constituted October 11, 1954 and Activated December 18, 1954; Inactivated December 31, 1969
Redesignated 961st Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron December 31, 1979 and Activated October 1, 1979
Redesignated 961st Airborne Warning and Control Squadron January 1, 1982; 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron August 1, 1994
551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, 18 Dec 1954–31 Dec 1969. 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing (later, 552d Airborne Warning and Control Division), 1 Oct 1979; 28th Air Division, 1 Apr 1985; 313th Air Division (attached to Fifth Air Force for operational control) 1 Oct 1990; 18th Operations Group, 1 Oct 1991–.
Otis AFB, MA, 18 Dec 1954–31 Dec 1969. Kadena AB, Japan, 1 Oct 1979–.
Aircraft: EC–121 Constellation, 1955–1969. E–3, 1979 –
Radar surveillance along eastern coast of US, 18 Dec 1954–31 Dec 1969. Coverage of salvage operations of downed Korean Airliner, Flight 007, 1–10 Sep 1983. Airborne command and control for Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Command and supported US forces counter air interdiction, close air support, rescue, reconnaissance, and airlift operations, 1980–.

962nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron


Eagle with Spy Glass, nearly 4 7/8", Unused.......inquire
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partial History per the USAF
Constituted 862d BS(H) 14 Sep 1943; Activated 1 Nov 1943; Redesignated 862d BS(H)(??) 21 Feb 1944; Inactivated 28 Aug 1945
Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with 962d AEW&CT SQ  which was constituted on 30 Mar 1955, Activated 8 Jul 1955; Inactivated  31 Dec 1969
Redesignated: 962d Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron on 31 Jul 1979; 962d Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 19 Sep 1985. Activated on 1 Jul 1986. Redesignated 962d Airborne Air Control Squadron on 1 Aug 1994.
493d Bombardment Group, 1 Nov 1943–28 Aug 1945 (attached to 3d Air Division, 17 Feb–7 May 1945). 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, 8 Jul 1955–31 Dec 1969. 28th Air Division, 1 Jul 1986; 552d Operations Group, 29 May 1992; 3d Operations Group, 1 May 1993–.
McCook AAFld, NE, 1 Nov 1943–1 Jan 1944; Elveden Hall, England, 1 Jan 1944; Debach, England, 17 Apr 1944; Wormingford, England, 17 Feb 1945; Debach, England, 18 May–6 Aug 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, c. 13–28 Aug 1945. Otis AFB, MA, 8 Jul 1955–31 Dec 1969. Elmendorf AFB, AK, 1 Jul 1986–.
B–24, 1944; B–17, 1944–1945; P–51, 1945. C/RC/EC–121, 1955–1969. E–3, 1986–.
Combat in ETO, 6 Jun 1944–15 Feb 1945; weather reconnaissance in ETO, 17 Feb–7 May 1945. Airborne surveillance and combat control, 1955–1969 and 1986–. Supported combat operations in Southwest Asia, Jan–Feb 1991.
Emblem approved  February 14, 1957

965th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron

Insignia design changed on January 31, 1979, so this must be an earlier patch
( see Official Air Force verbage on the emblem below )


pre-1972 insignia, UnUsed......inquire

partial History
Constituted 965th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron April 28, 1955
Activated August 8, 1955;  Inactivated June 30, 1971
Redesignated 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron February 28, 1978 & activated July 1, 1978
Redesignated 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron July 1, 1994
552d Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, 8 Aug 1955 – 30 Jun 1971
552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing (later, 552d Airborne Warning and Control Division; 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing; 552d Air Control Wing) July 1, 1978
552d Operations Group, 29 May 1992–
McClellan AFB, CA 8 Aug 1955–30 Jun 1971
Tinker AFB OK, 1 Jul 1978–
RC–121, 1955–1963; EC–121, 1963–1971. E–3, 1978–1979, 1984–
Long range surveillance, late 1950s
Rotated aircrews to Southeast Asia, c. 4 Apr 1965–c. Jun 1971
Not operational, c. Sep 1979–1 Jan 1984
Combat support in: Panama, 20 Dec 1989–24 Jan 1990; SEA 17 Jan – 6 Mar 1991
On a Blue disc edged with a narrow Black border, arising in base a Black mountain with three White peaks surmounted by an eagle in descent, (head, neck and tail feathers White, body, upper legs and beak Yellow, lower legs, eye, claws, and details Black) grasping a Yellow lightning bolt; in the top of the disc an arc of three White five-pointed stars. Approved on 31 Jan 1979 (KE 67966); replaced emblem approved on 4 Sep 1956 (K 4705)

966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron


966th AEW & C SQ, 1962-1969 era, part of the 552nd Wing at McClellan, AFB, CA, flew EC-121Ds, Used, GC.......(sold)

partial History
Constituted 966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron
Activated on 18 Dec 1961; Organized on 1 Feb 1962; Inactivated on 31 Dec 1969


664th RADAR Squadron


3", Warner Brothers' Bugs Bunny at the scope, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
stationed at Bellefontaine AFB, OH
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753rd RADAR Squadron


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758th RADAR Squadron


khaki-cut-edge, UnUsed......inquire

Special Operations, Air Commando & Special Activities Units:        1st - 19th        20th & Up

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19th & 21st TASS FACs
(The 19th and 21st TASS combined some PRETZEL & RASH FAC missions in the same Aircraft & Flight)
(PRETZEL FACS supported the 5th Special Forces)
21st TASS "PRETZEL FACS" flew O-2A aircraft, Thai made, marked: 19th & 21st TASS, OV-2, & TSN Bien Hoa, UnUsed..
(PRETZEL FACS supported: 5th Special Forces, Salem House, Zone Charlie, Quan Loi, TSN, & Bien Hoa in 1970-71)  
19th TASS "RASH FACS" flew OV-10A Bronco aircraft, Thai made, marked: OV-10, 19 & 21 TASS, UnUsed...
(RASH FACs supported the 2nd & 3rd Brigades of the 1st Cavalry Division in: Quan Loi, Bien Hoa, Phouc Vinh in 1970 and 1971)