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WWII US Army Air Force CIB Patches -
The China-Burma-India (CIB) units is one of the eicons of WWII. This theatre was home to the famous group of fighter pilots known as the flying tigers. The patch was worn on the upper sleeves of the uniform. Two different styles of patches are illustrated here.
The first set was sawn to the tropical uniform. The set displayed here came all from one soldier who served in this theatre.
The front and back of this patch can be seen in the following pictures. Notice the rough wooven look of the back of the first patch vs the clean look of the back of the second patch. The first picture shows the soldier wearing the tropical style uniform.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US cloth insignia. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII patch worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the patches is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  4. Purchasing WWII US patches

The second style of patch was attached to the uniform via snaps. This patch was usually worn with the dress uniform. The soldier shown here is wearing the traditional Army dress uniform.

Two symbols representing a sun and a star are embroided on the patch. The two pictures below provide a closer look at the design.

This US patch is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this cloth insignia. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII cloth insignia, you can do so by going to our WWII US Patches identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


The value for WWII US patches and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

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