AIRMAN PROPOSES NEW AAF OVERSEAS STRIPE FOR  COMBAT AIR CREW

Dear YANK:

Why not have a special overseas stripe for the combat crews of the AAF based on combat hours? A fellow can put in 50 missions and a hell of a lot of combat hours, but if he has done all this in five months he is not entitled to wear an overseas bar. He has done more work than the fellow who ha been over for six months to 30 months, because he has had to fly much oftener and flying is one way to become exhausted quickly.

—Pfc. Gordon C. MacKenzie

March Field, Calif.

8th aaf bomber crew

An 8th AAF B-17 crew prepares for a mission



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  • Bill Getz says:

    PFC McKenzie is correct. However, a very little known fact is that flight crews were entitled to wear a blue rectangular patch behind their wings to denote they were a combat crew. At the time the primary reason was to alert Military Police to go easy on combat airmen who might have had a little too much to drink on leave. Drinking was some combat crew members way of relieving the stress. Now you know something few people have heard.

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