$ 24.99

Size:  W 5″ x H 5″

Hand embroidered in gold wire bullion on a black background fabric

WWI ESCADRILLE SPA 31

The Spa 31 squadron was formed on September 24th, 1914 at Dijon air base in France.

In February 1915, it took part in the defense of Verdun.

When the Armistice was agreed (also called the Armistice of Compiègne after the location where it was signed), the squadron was credited with 42 enemy aircraft destroyed and four barrage balloons.

$ 26.95

Size: W 4″ x H 4″

Hand made in silver wire bullion on a black wool felt background

WWI BLACK HEART INSIGNIA

This menacing patch is the personalized insignia of one of the first French WWI Aces, Charles Nungesser.

After the Great War, the same insignia was painted on his French Levasseur PL8 biplane, “L’Oiseau Blanc” when he attempted to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

WWI FRENCH PILOT OFFICER PROPELLER & COLLAR WINGS

Sleeve and collar insignia worn by French pilot officers during the early years of aviation and the First World War.

Formed in October 1910 under the command of General Pierre Auguste Roques, the French Air Service (Aeronautique Militaire) was a reconnaissance unit, later a fighter unit.

During the Great War, FAS aircrew claimed over 2,000 victories against enemy aircraft.

$ 19.99

Size: W 3″  x H 1″ each

Hand made in gold wire bullion on a black wool felt background

$ 23.99

Size: W 4″ x H 2 1/4″

Hand made in gold wire bullion on a black wool felt background

$ 19.99

Size:  W 5″ x H 4″

Hand embroidered in silver wire bullion on a grey wool felt background fabric

ESCADRILLE N3 “LES CIGOGNES”

The WWI Group des Cigognes had four escadrilles (squadrons), N3, N26, N73 and N103.

To identify each squadron, the stork flew in different positions of flight.  This is the insignia of Escadrille N3, the squadron of French Ace George Guynemer and was painted on the fuselage of his SPAD S.VII biplane.

WWI Ace George Guynemer standing beside his biplane.

Le Bourget Air & Space Museum near Paris has a fabulous life size diorama featuring a WWI Nieuport biplane – one of the many aircraft flown by George Guynemer.

It has the Cigognes N3 insignia painted on both sides of the fuselage.

$ 19.99

Size: W 3  3/4″ x H 4″

Hand embroidered in silver wire bullion on a blue and red  background

CROIX DE LORRAINE

An emblem of Lorraine in eastern France, it was adopted and worn by the Free French during WWII.  It was also painted on their aircraft, warships and military equipment.

Led by de Gaulle from his London base, they operated across Europe and the Middle East, working with underground Resistance groups and fighting alongside the Allies.

FREE FRENCH BOMBER GROUPE LORRAINE

WWII Squadron patch of the Free French Bomber Group Lorraine. They took part in the D-Day offensive and during the war saw active service in the North African theater and in the Middle East.

This group also operated throughout Europe working with underground Resistance groups and fighting alongside the Allies.

$ 19.99

Size: W 3  1/2″ x H 3 3/4″

Hand embroidered in silver and gold wire bullion on a gold fabric background

$ 21.99

Size: W 4″ x H 3″

This insignia is hand embroidered in gold wire bullion on a black wool felt background

FORCE AERIENNE FRANCAISE LIBRE

Rare blazer patch of the WWII Free French.  Created in July 1940, the FAFL was the air arm of the Free French during WWII under the command of Martial Henri Valin.

Flying ace Pierre Clostermann was part of this group.

BIR-HAKEIM     OUT OF STOCK

The insignia of the Maquis Bir-Hakeim from the Lozere region of France.

This group was made up of Spanish republicans, German anti-facists and French patriots.  It was completely destroyed in the Battle of La Parade, France in May 1944.

$ 18.99

Size: W 3″ x H 5″

This insignia is hand embroidered in silver wire bullion on a black wool felt background

COMMANDO KIEFFER

The insignia of the 1st Bataillon de Fusilliers Marins Commandos, also known as “Commando Kieffer.”

Between 1942 and 1944, while attached to Lord Lovat’s 1st Special Service Brigade, the unit took part in numerous raids across occupied Europe.  They were also part of the landing group on Sword beach in Normandy, June 6th, 1944.

The elements of the insignia represent:

  • the lion of Normandie
  • the dagger of the commandos
  • the anchor of the Navy
  • the thistle of Scotland
  • the Croix de Lorraine, symbol of the Free French

$ 26.99

Size: W 5″ x H 4″

This insignia is hand embroidered in gold wire bullion on a black wool felt background

$ 17.99

Size:  W 2 3/4″ x H 3″

Hand embroidered in silver and gold wire bullion on a black fabric background

F F I MAYENNE   OUT OF STOCK

Insignia used by the Free French Resistance  group in Mayenne, France, 1944.

NORMANDIE-NIEMEN 70

Nicknamed the “Neu-Neu”, this was a Free French Air Force fighter squadron that served with the Soviet 1st Air Army on the Eastern Front during World War II and flew Yak 3s.

The regiment was one of only two air combat units from an allied Western European country to participate on the Eastern Front during the war and the only one to fight alongside the Soviets until the end of the war in Europe.

This patch commemorates the squadron’s 70th Anniversary and today the squadron fly the modern Rafale F3 fighter.

$ 17.99

Size:  W 3 1/4″  x H 3 3/4″

Hand made in silver and gold wire bullion on a red wool felt background

$ 19.99

Size: W 3 1/4″  x H 3 3/4″

Hand made in gold wire bullion on a red wool felt background

NORMANDIE-NIEMEN

During WWII this Free French Air Force fighter squadron fought against the Luftwaffe from a base at the Ivanoso airfield (250km North East of Moscow) operating the Yak 3 among other types.

They rapidly became famous, decorated by both France and the Soviet Union. Stalin himself, in July 1944 added “Niemen” to “Normandie” after the name of a river and its associated battle.

During the war, the Normandie-Niemen flew over 5000 missions, with over 300 confirmed air victories.

Size: W 3″ x H 4″

This insignia is hand embroidered in gold wire bullion on a black wool felt background

$ 13.99

RAF 341 FRENCH SQUADRON “ALSACE”  OUT OF STOCK

Formed in January 1943 at RAF Turnhouse, Scotland, RAF 341 was also known as the Free French Squadron “Alsace.”

It was equipped with Supermarine Spitfires and carried out missions across France.  It also supported the Allied landings in Normandy, June 1944.

After the war the unit was re-equipped with Mirage IIIE, Mirage F1 and Mirage 2000 Fighters.  RAF 341 was deactivated in June 2008.

FLOTTILLE 14F – AVIATION NAVALE

Insignia of the French Navy unit, Flottille 14f.

This unit was created in 1953 and flew Corsairs for many years.  They then introduced the F8 Crusader and finally the Super Etendard.

The Flottille 14F was decommissioned in 1991.

$ 21.99

Size: W 3 1/2″ x H 4 1/4″

This insignia is hand embroidered in gold and silver wire bullion on a black wool felt background

The Military Place carefully researches each patch to achieve as closely as possible, authentic replication of size and color. However, due to a lack of official standardization during the era to which a patch relates and variations found, some elements may differ from historical documentation. 

Image credits: Author,  Dominique Vivier traditions-air.fr, JJ Le Bail/Marine Nationale, Morguefile.com, ECP Armees Col. F Broche, YF, asisbiz.com, icare174.com, Plaisir Croisiere, aeromil-yf.pagesperso-range.fr,  Pinterest.com/WWII

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