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Air Rescue and Pararescue Patches
1941 thru 2008

Click on the thumbnail for full size patch

Pre Air Rescue Service Activation & WWII

     
 

WWII Emergency Rescue Boat Squadrons Pin 2.5" long

 

 
     
     

ARS Patches 1952 thru 1966

     

 

Western Air Rescue Center

 

 


31 ARS

 

 

33 ARS

 

 

41 ARS

 

 

58 ARS

58 ARS was assigned to Wheelus AB, Tripoli, Libya. The Army Air Corps began using the base (then called Mellaha AB) in WWII. In 1945, the AAC renamed the base Wheelus AB. It became an AFB with the birth of our AF in 1947. SAR aircraft were HC-97's, HH-43's, SH-19's and TDY
HU-16s. Information and patch provided by Bob Zontini who was a PJ in the 58th.

In 1969, Libya's king was overthrown by Muamar Khadafy who ordered the USAF to vacate the base. That occurred in June 1970.

 

 



58 ARRS circa 1966
 

Tripoli Trotter 1966

Click the Tripoli Trotter thumbnail to get a full size image that you can read and save. This patch and news article provided by Les (Robbie Robbins) SMSgt USAF retired who was a radio operator on the HU-16, HC-54, HC-97 and HC-130

 

 

 

301 ARS

 

 

304 ARS

 

 

 
     
     
 

This patch was used between 29 May 1946 and
5 January 1966 when ARS was renamed ARRS

 

 

This sticker adorns many rear
windshields of former ARS/ARRS
and present RQS personnel

 

This patch was used between
6 January 1966 and 1988
when ARRS was redesignated RQS

History of the ARS/ARRS patch
 

     
     

Vietnam War Rescue Patches

     
 

Vietnam HH-43 Pedro Patch

 

HH-43 Logo

 

USAF Rescue Pedro SEA

 

 

Pedro 100 Combat SARs

 

 

 

Pedro Combat Rescue

 

 

 

Pedro 500 Combat SARs

   

HH-3 and HH-53 Logo

 

37th ARRS HH-3 JG patch
photo provided by Ken Bowman

 

Jolly Green sticker. These were pasted in appropriate and inappropriate places all
around the world

 

37th ARRS HH-53 Buff
JG patch. Unit was assigned to
DaNang AB RVN

40th ARRS HH-53 Buff JG patch

 
Unit was activated at Udorn RTAFB September 1967 with HH-3s. Later the HH-53 arrived. The H-3s were nicknamed "Nitnoy." The HH-53's were nicknamed "Buff." The 40th moved to NKP RTAFB in July 1971 where it unit remained until  1975. The 40th moved to Korat RTAFB in late 1975 where the unit was deactivated in January 1976
 
 

40th ARRS Pararescue
section sign at NKP RTAFB
IN 19714

 



Det 1 40 ARRS card. This HH-3 squadron
moved to NKP in 1967 when the HH-53's
arrived in Thailand. They were passed out to
survivors who were rescued.

40th ARRS sign emplaced on the NKP
flight line where all planes taking off could see it.

 

The callsign "Crown" was first used by HU-16's. When the    HC-130's arrived in SEA, they began using the "Crown" callsign.


Patch provided by William J. Stailey who was an electrician on the HC-130 from 1968 thru 1970

39th ARRS  HU-130's assigned to Tuyhoa AB, RVN. Patch provided by Dave Burgess. His dad was assigned to the 39th

Redesignated 39th  ARRS and Activated January 16, 1967 at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand absorbing the assets of DET-1, 37th ARRS(5 or 6 HC-130s). Organized January 18, 1967. 39th ARRS transferred to Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam, RVN June 8, 1967. Squadron had C-130P Command and Control/Air Refueling aircraft at Tuy Hoa. 39th ARRS with 11 x HC-130P transferred to Cam Ranh AB September 16, 1970. 39th ARRS transferred to Korat RTAFB, Thailand in March 1972. 39th ARRS inactivated and assets to Det 4, 3rd ARRG  April 1, 1972

 

 

HC-130 "King" patch.
"King" replaced the callsign  "Crown" effective
June 1, 1969.

   

This unofficial patch was designed by the 31st ARRS HC-130 unit which deployed to Vietnam in 1972 to support air rescue during the Easter Offensive.

 

 

This unofficial patch was designed by the 31st ARRS HC-130 unit which deployed to Vietnam in 1972 to support air rescue during the Easter Offensive. Patch provided by Dave Burgess. His dad was assigned to the 39th

 

 

40th ARRS Battle Damaged
Qualified Patch.

 

37th ARRS Battle Damaged
Qualified Patch.

 

Yankee Air Pirate patch. Used on party suits to make fun of the North Vietnamese who were fond of calling all flight crews "Yankee Air Pirates." Patch provided by Dave Burgess. His dad was assigned to the 39th

 

A-1 Sandy patch.

 

 

A-1 Spad patch

 

 

20 TASS was an OV-10 forward
air controller squadron assigned
to DaNang AB RVN

 

 

 

Jack was the callsign for the RCC located first at Udorn RTAFB, and later at NKP RTAFB

   

Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club patch.
Worn on many Jolly Green party suits.

 

 

Son Tay Raider Patch

 

 

Son Tay Raider Patch

 

 
     
     

ARRS Patches

     
     
 

31ARRS was assigned to
Clark AB, Philippines

 

 

33rd ARRS was assigned to
Kadena AB, Japan

 

33 ARRS Stan/Eval

Photo provided by Darrell Michael who was an
HC-130 Radio Operator with this squadron

 

Unofficial 33 ARRS Patch

Photo provided by Darrell Michael who was an
HC-130 Radio Operator with this squadron

 

Unofficial 33 ARRS Patch

 

 
 

 

39th ARRS

 

 

41st ARRS

Photo provided by Darrell Michael who was an
HC-130 Radio Operator with this squadron

 

 

41st ARRS

Photo provided by Darrell Michael who was an
HC-130 Radio Operator with this squadron

 

41st ARRS

Photo provided by Darrell Michael who was an
HC-130 Radio Operator with this squadron

 

41st ARRS

Photo provided by Darrell Michael who was an
HC-130 Radio Operator with this squadron

 

 

71 ARRS was a composite squadron
with HH-3's & HC-130's assigned to
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. It was deactivated in 1991. The 210th RQS replaced the 71st as the air rescue squadron in Alaska

 

 


1730 Pararescue Squadron
official patch

 


1730 Pararescue Squadron
unofficial patch
 


We're All Mad You Know patch
designed by David Young
USAF Pararescue 1971 - 1996

 

 

PJ sticker

 

 

PJ badge worn on beret

 

PJ patch circa 2003

 


Desert Storm era PJ Patch

 

 

Jack of All Trades
created by Udo C.J. Fischer
USAF Pararescue 19xx - 19xx
 


We're on a mission from God
 


Pararescue Patch
made in Japan?

The origin of this patch is uncertain.
Perhaps is belongs to the HC-130
squadron which captured cassettes ejected by satellites and recovered in mid air.

 

 

Air Force Rescue Coordination Center

 

     
     

RQS Patches from Current Rescue Units

 

31 RQS Kadena AB

The 31st RQS trains, equips and employs combat-ready pararescue specialists. The pararescuemen are experts in medical care and small-unit tactics providing survivor contact, treatment and extraction during combat rescue operations in hostile or denied territory. The 31st RQS uses various fixed- and rotary-wing insertion and extraction assets providing combat and humanitarian search, rescue and medical assistance in all environments. 

 

 



33 RQS Kadena AB

The 33rd RQS is a combat-ready HH-60G Pave Hawk squadron whose mission is search, rescue and recovery, night or day, over land or water. The 33rd RQS maintains readiness for mobilization, deployment and employment of helicopters and rescue of U.S. and allied military members, and civilians when necessary.

 

48 RQS

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

55 RQS

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

58 RQS

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

66 RQS

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

66 RQS

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

66 RQS

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

66 RQS assigned to Nellis AFB NV with HH-60 helicopters.

The 66th Rescue Squadron first took to the air on 14 November 1952 at Royal Air Base Manston, England, flying C-119 “Flying Boxcar” transports, H-19 “Chickasaw” helicopters and SA-16 “Albatross” seaplanes. The unit deactivated on 18 January 1958 and remained inactive for thirty-three years.

On 1 March 1991, the 66th was reactivated with the HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter. The squadrons primary mission of combat search and rescue (CSAR) is enhanced by the Pave Hawk's ability to operate in adverse weather both day and night.

Information and patch provided by John Cassidy who was a PJ in the 66th.

 

 

79 RQS

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 


102 Rescue Squadron assigned to
Long Island New York with HH-60's
and HC-130's

 

 


210 Rescue Squadron assigned to Anchorage,
Alaska with HH-60's and HC-130's

 

 

347 RQGp

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

347 RQGp

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

347 RQWg

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

 

363 RQGp

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

HC-130

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

   

AFSOC

Patch provided by
MSgt Tony Youngblood 563 OSS/OSK

 

 

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