Edited by Judy G. Endicott
Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1998
ISBN: 0912799536, 978-0912799537
PDF, 297 pages


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This book is a successor to Combat Squadrons of the Air Force in World War II and contains the lineage, honors and approved emblem information for Air Force flying, space and missiles squadrons active as of 1 October 1995. It was originally distributed on CD-ROM with Active Air Force Wings as of 1 October 1995.  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 1995 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: Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Combat Squadrons of the Air Force in World War II, Air Force Combat Wings: Lineage and Honors Histories, 1947-1977 and Active Air Force Wings as of 1 October 1995.)