WW2 Army Air Force Military Officer's Long Wool Olive Coat 36 Sm/Insignia Patch. The patch was used for Officer's and Enlisted Service Personnel. It was approved on February 23, 1942 to be worn by all personnel of the Army Sir Forces(AAF) wherever stationed. The patch was designed by James T.Rawls, an artist and a member of General Arnold's staff. The idea for the design came from a picture that Rawls saw of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill giving his well known V for victory sign. The ultramarine disk represents the medium in which the Air Forces operated. The white star with the red disk was the identifying symbol of U. Army and Navy airplanes since 1921.
The red disk was removed from aircraft markings in 1942 to prevent confusion with Japanese insignia. The Golden Wings symbolize victorious operation.
Although the patch is no longer worn on Air Force uniforms, the design appears on U.