by Maurer Maurer
Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1961 & 1983
ISBN: 0912799021
Hardcover and PDF, 506 pages

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This book contain the lineage, honors and approved emblem information for Air Force combat groups, wings, divisions, commands and air forces active during World War II.  For each emblem the book provides the blazon (heraldic description) and the organization’s motto with translation. Unfortunately, there are two shortcomings in regards to emblems: 1) it does not include emblem significance statements and 2) the it only shows the organization’s approved emblem as of 1961 and does not depict previous emblems. Regardless of these issues, this is a must have for the USAF patch collector’s or organizational history buff’s reference shelf. (Note – There are four other companion books that follow the same format: Combat Squadrons of the Air Force in World War II, Air Force Combat Wings: Lineage and Honors Histories, 1947-1977, Active USAF Wings as of 1 October 1995 and USAF Active Flying, Space and Missile Squadron as of 1 October 1995.)