5th AAF WW2 patch

Flightengineer

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Just got this beauty from one guy from France.
WW2 original, I sit and look and admire :) Always loved 5th AAF emblem with this shooting star and last year made myself leather 5th AAF patch for one my A2 .





Initially, I planned to put this embroidered patch to the left shoulder of my ELC, cause I saw the same on some originals A2s ...though ...not decided finally yet.
 

B-Man2

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Dumitry
Try laying the sleeve to your A2 out flat and place the patch where you want it. Take a couple of photos of it and that may help you decide it you want it on the jacket.
 

Flightengineer

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Dumitry
Try laying the sleeve to your A2 out flat and place the patch where you want it. Take a couple of photos of it and that may help you decide it you want it on the jacket.
Yes, thanks Burt, I'll do. I'll try to do also second trick - I have a not very sticky double-sided tape and I'll try to fix the patch and wear jacket with it and then make a decision.
 

ausreenactor

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And it will roll around as you sew. Make sure you offset it or tape it in position if you commit. Lots more Korean War stuff had the 5th AAF patch on the shoulder, along with the Korea tab...

There are good references for AAF patches on jackets. There were similar, larger Aussie made patches for the chest. One on eBay not too long ago. Possibly still there..
 

Flightengineer

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Yes, I’ve seen large ones for chest, but I’m attracted to the shoulders standard size patch, I saw same patches on A2 in different pics in net, also including the photos in my fav the Art of the Flight Jacket book.
 

ausreenactor

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Sounds like you are sorted, reference wise! Looks like you are all sorted.

Get sewing.. and don't rush it. Stitch by stitch. Leather is not as forgiving as wool or cloth.
 

Flightengineer

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Sounds like you are sorted, reference wise! Looks like you are all sorted.

Get sewing.. and don't rush it. Stitch by stitch. Leather is not as forgiving as wool or cloth.

Oh...I can draw, including patches on the leather. And time to time made it. However, to sew it on I only trust this job to my professional tailor. She knows how to work with leather and has good sewing machines and very big expirience. I know she many years. We both know how to fix on place a patch correct before sewing and we patched not one jacket.
But If I'll deside to sew this patch to my A2's shoulder this job will be done by she only and do it perfect :) Not me :)
 

Flightengineer

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I seem to be stuck at home for a long time ... so there’s time for a hobby
Not sewn, but fixed on shoulder to understand how it will look when and if it will sewn.



I like the way it looks and for my taste it adds a drop of the missing aura to the jacket, but despite the fact that this patch is NOS, it’s hard to say how it will behave in the process of wearing...75-78 years is age.




Still thinking.
 
I seem to be stuck at home for a long time ... so there’s time for a hobby
Not sewn, but fixed on shoulder to understand how it will look when and if it will sewn.



I like the way it looks and for my taste it adds a drop of the missing aura to the jacket, but despite the fact that this patch is NOS, it’s hard to say how it will behave in the process of wearing...75-78 years is age.




Still thinking.
Why not get a nice repro patch?
I seem to be stuck at home for a long time ... so there’s time for a hobby
Not sewn, but fixed on shoulder to understand how it will look when and if it will sewn.



I like the way it looks and for my taste it adds a drop of the missing aura to the jacket, but despite the fact that this patch is NOS, it’s hard to say how it will behave in the process of wearing...75-78 years is age.




Still thinking.
I think the patch will hold up. I say put it on. It looks good.
 

ausreenactor

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Originals and repros are easy to source. Were you going to have the patch positioned in accordance with dress regulations? You might want to consider moving it up a tad?
 

Flightengineer

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Originals and repros are easy to source. Were you going to have the patch positioned in accordance with dress regulations? You might want to consider moving it up a tad?
Yes, it is fixed 1 inch below the seam. Although photos of the period show that the rules and regulations at that time were rarely followed exactly.
 
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Jorgeenriqueaguilera

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@Jorgeenriqueaguilera, your photos will also made me think about finding the original on felt :)
Hahaha for sure, all the patches on the jacket were Aussie-made on felt... this should be the same. ;)
 
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