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WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Pilot Training School, Jackson Army Air Base, Hawkins Field, Jackson, MS

WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Pilot Training School, Jackson Army Air Base, Hawkins Field, Jackson, MS

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WWII US Army Air Force Squadron Patch
USAAF Pilot Training School, Jackson Air Base, Hawkins Field, Jackson, MS
Jackson Army Airbase
Walt Disney Design
4 3/8 inches

Training future pilots for Fighter Fighting Bomb Bombing Bomber Bombardment squadrons.
Hawkins Field is a city-owned public-use airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Jackson, a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. During World War II, the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Mississippi for antisubmarine defense in the Gulf of Mexico and for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers. Most of these airfields were under the command of Third Air Force or the Army Air Forces Training Command (AAFTC) (A predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command). However the other USAAF support commands (Air Technical Service Command (ATSC); Air Transport Command (ATC) or Troop Carrier Command operated a significant number of airfields in a support roles. It is still possible to find remnants of these wartime airfields. Many were converted into municipal airports, some were returned to agriculture and several were retained as United States Air Force installations and were front-line bases during the Cold War. Hundreds of the temporary buildings that were used survive today, and are being used for other purposes.

Hawkins Field traces its origins to February 1928, when the City of Jackson first acquired 151 acres (0.61 km2) of land to designate as an airfield. The city bought the original parcel for $53,500, and the airport was originally called "Davis Field." Hawkins Field was the terminus for Delta Air Lines' very first commercial flight in 1929.

In June 1941 Hawkins Field was designated as Jackson Army Airbase. It activated on 1 June 1942 and was used by the United States Army Air Force Flying Training Command, as a basic flying training airfield (Army Air Forces Pilot School, Miscellaneous Fields) (Basic; Advanced Single and Twin-Engine). The airfield also operated a contract Primary (level 1) flying school, by the Mississippi Institute of Aeronautics.

In addition, the Dutch government-in-exile, following the occupation of the Netherlands, established the Royal Netherlands Military Flying School at Hawkins Field, operating lend-lease aircraft, and training Dutch exiles as aircrews for service with Allied air forces in Europe and the Pacific.

The base was transferred to Third Air Force on 1 July 1944 with units being reassigned from Laurel Army Airfield to Jackson. Third Air Force operated the airfield as an Air Force Reserve training center (2588th Air Force Reserve Training Unit). It was not until 1949 that Hawkins was once again classified as a civilian airfield.


WASP flew AT-6 as utility/administrative, engineering test, and instrument safety piloting.

1102 WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) were stationed at 120 air bases and flew 60 million miles in every type military aircraft in the Army Air Force inventory, from the fastest fighters to the heaviest bombers. They towed targets for air-to-air gunnery and air-to-ground anti-aircraft practice, ferried aircraft, were instrument instructors for male pilots, flew weather, night tracking, simulated strafing and radar navigation missions, transported personnel and cargo and flew drones. They flew every type mission that any Army Air Force pilot flew except combat  missions.

Price: $99.50

Product Code: PatchAAF.0000.AAF.PilotTrainingSchool.JacksonAirBase.Hawkins
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