The following pages are devoted to antiaircraft artillery (AAA) patches of the Second World War. Since AAA units usually wore the patches of larger units to which they were attached (the 225th wore both the insignia of the 9th USAAF and the 1st Army, for example), such patches are both rare and colorful examples of unit pride among antiaircraft artillerymen. "Shoulder-sleeve insignia, or SSI, give soldiers something to connect to, a symbol of the years they spend in their units. Just the sight of SSI inspires pride," says Pamela Reece, of the Technical and Production Division of The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH) at Fort Belvoir, Va. (quoted in Soldiers). SSI have graced soldiers' right shoulders since the 81st Infantry Division adopted the "Wildcat" patch in 1917. Thanks to Dave Kaufman, Skylighters is able to present this collection of AAA patches. The collection includes patches from the following units (click a unit name to view the patch):


(from the Dave Kaufman Collection)

116th AAA Gun Battalion (Mobile)


   The 116th served in the ETO, entering combat on June 7, 1944 (D+1) at Utah Beach, Normandy under the command of Col. James Shearouse. Batteries were attached to the 2nd, 5th (D Battery), 30th, and 35th Infantry Divisions for much of the campaigns in Northwest Europe. The 116th's 90-mm guns were also attached to the 654th Tank Destroyer Battalion during early August, deployed in an anti-tank role supporting the 654th in attacks against German armor operating in the vicinity of Vic Conde-Sur-Vire, France. They participated in the Battle of the Bulge and in the defense of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, Germany in March 1945. The M1 90mm AA gun, like that depicted below, was their primary weapon.

M1 90mm GUN

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