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Air Transport Command Hat Badge, Rank and Crest
« on: June 04, 2016, 07:16:47 AM »
Here are a few ATC items I picked up 25 years ago at an estate sale.. Dis not know too much about the items until I looked in my copy of "More Wings Pinks and Greens".

Here is a quick synopsis of the history of the ATC...


Air Transport Command (ATC) is an United States Air Force unit that was created during World War II as the strategic airlift component of the United States Army Air Forces.

It had two main missions, the first being the delivery of supplies and equipment between the United States and the overseas combat theaters; the second was the ferrying of aircraft from the manufacturing plants in the United States to where they were needed for training or for operational use in combat. ATC also operated a worldwide air transportation system for military personnel.

Inactivated on 1 June 1948, Air Transport Command was the precursor to what became the Military Air Transport Service in 1948 and was redesignated Military Airlift Command (MAC) in 1966. It was consolidated with MAC in 1982, providing a continuous history of long range airlift through 1992 when the mission was transferred to today's Air Mobility Command.


What is pictured is the Hat Badge worn on the Officer's type cap, the unit crest or Distinguished Unit Insignia (DUI) and the rank which is the First Officer (Co Pilot rank) bars.

If anyone else has ATC items such as the jacket patches or wings or other items.. Feel free to post them here in this thread..

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Re: Air Transport Command Hat Badge, Rank and Crest
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2016, 07:14:27 PM »
Hi Smitty,

I'm sure you know that the insignia you have is from the Civilian Contract pilots.  Most of the major airlines (Pan Am, TWA, United, Consairways etc.) had contracted with the US Gov't (specifically the Air Transport Command) to transport supplies, personnel etc during the war.  Again these were civilian airline pilots that flew under their companies contracts with the ATC.  They were required to were a "military" type uniform in case they were shot down and captured.  This civilian branch of the ATC had their own distinctive insignia such as you have shown.  The following photos are of a uniform and visor cap from one of these civilian airline pilots.  It is Id'd to a pilot that flew for TWA under their ATC contract.  Also pictured is a photo of a TWA commendation he received for one of the missions he flew.

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Re: Air Transport Command Hat Badge, Rank and Crest
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2016, 07:16:38 PM »
Excellent additional information..

Thank you for contributing more information Scarecrow...

Well done...

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Re: Air Transport Command Hat Badge, Rank and Crest
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2016, 11:44:09 PM »
What a beautiful uniform / insignia....rarely seen. Love it!  :D
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Re: Air Transport Command Hat Badge, Rank and Crest
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2016, 06:42:10 AM »
What a beautiful uniform / insignia....rarely seen. Love it!  :D

The symbol shown on the hat badge and DI (also on the SSI, not shown) is the Wright Brothers Memorial.  Coincidentally I was vacationing with my family two weeks ago on the Outer Banks, No. Carolina.  Kitty Hawk is located on the Outer Banks and is a National Park.  So attached is a photo of the actual Wright Brothers Memorial, located on top of the hill they first flew from.  Again this is the symbol displayed on the ATC civilian contractors insignia.
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