Heraldry and Insignia of the California State Military Forces
Aviation Company, 40th Infantry Division
Flight Jacket Patches
Early 1950's/ Large patch; worn on chest. The Korean characters at the bottom of the insignia, phonetically in English, "Tay Bay Un" mean, "The First Class".

This is not the actual embroidered insignia; it is the original painting from which the insignia were made. Worn in Japan circa 1951-52, then in Korea
Worn from approx. August 53 until the division rotated home in 1954. It was worn on the left chest of the flight jackets worn by the pilots. The 40th Infantry Division Aviation Company (Provisional) was the FIRST Aviation company in the U.S. Army. Previously, throughout the army, there were only aviation detachments with very small TO & E's. Actual insignia on left, postwar reproduction on right
All images are courtesy of Mr. David Kaufman
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