Patch and Flag Page
This page displays images of the various
patches worn by members of the 553rd Reconnaissance wing at Korat
Royal Thai Air Force Base between 1967 and 1971. Patches area
added 12/04/99, Last Updated
UPDATE - My
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This page shows the
553rd/Batcat patches for which I have images. If you have images
of additional Batcat patches, and are willing to share them,
please send them to me.
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Reproduction Batcat Wing and Squadron
Several Batcat Homepage visitors have asked about
the availability of the Batcat unit patches. At one time I had those available listed here, however
as more became available I decided to move them to their own page. Click on
Available 553rd and 551st Reproduction Patches to view what is available. Reproduction
patch page added 01/28/17, last updated 01/28/17.
Batcat Patches by
Scott Pedersen, Ph.D.
has amassed a collection of
553rd Patch images, as well as patches from the successor units,
the 353rd Special Operations Wing and 353rd Special Operations
Group. Click here to view the Scott
Pedersen Batcat Patch collection. This is a graphics intense page,
it takes a while to download. Added
Batcat Mystery Patches
Please help identify if you can
Randy Troutman sent me this
possible Crew 21 Patch.
The center fin on the patch is wide, possibly indicating an EC-121D radar Connie
patch of Big Eye or College Eye rather than Batcat. If you can provide additional
information, please contact Larry Westin at email@example.com.
Photo about 108K, added 12/27/16.
sent me this Wing Wienies patch.
If you have further information on this patch please contact me. Color, about 293K.
Weaver recently retired after 23
yerars in the USAF. Herb has been collecting patches for more
than 20 years. Herb sent me images of a number of Batcat patches,
some of which I don't have complete information. Here are the
patches from Herb Weaver I need more information for: Batcat
Crew 28 patch, updated by
Don Haren 07/08/09, see
second crew 28 patch details below. Batcat
Crew 33 patch, once again I need to know which crew 33. Batcat
Crew 37 patch, and again I need to know which crew 37. All the patches from
Herb Weaver Added 12/05/04.
Herb Weaver sent me this Fly United
patch, dated 1970-1971, with the number 3. Could this be a crew 3 patch? If
you know please pass along the information. This patch
Eric Bosch, from the Netherlands, sent me this
patch of the
553rd Squadron 100 Mile Club, note it is "Miles" not "Missions."
I have not seen the patch before. If you can provide information about this patch
please pass it along. Color, about 163K, Added 04/05/09.
Alec Fushi sent me these unknown patches,
Evil, which may be a form of the Standardization and Evaluation tasks. I have not
seen this patche before. If you can provide
information about either patch please pass it along. Color, about 97K.
Added 04/08/09. Alec Fushi also sent this image
of a 553RS
200 mile patch. This is the second "mile" patch, see above. Email me
any information you have on these patches. Color, about 74K,
Added 04/23/09. Alec Fushi also sent this patch which
may be a Batcat crew 34 patch.
Please contact me if you can provide further details. Color, about 245K,
Added 03/21/12. Alec Fushi sent me another
mystery patch, which may be
a Crew 6 patch. Please contact me if you can provide additional information. Color, about 40K,
Added 12/15/13. The DCOOT patch Alec Fushi sent me has
been identified, see Wing Squadron Patches below.
Paul Rasp sent me this possible Batcat
Eight patch. There was a "Filthy Five" patch used at Otis AFB, although it
is described on another Internet site incorrectly as a 553rd Recon Squadron
Crew 5 patch. Anyone who can provide additional details please about
the "Filthy Eight" patch please email me.
About 189K, color, Added 10/12/11.
Mike Burroughs sent me this update on the
"Filthy Five" patch. "In the first class of Batcat replacements at Otis
(Feb-Apr 68) were five CICOs. Besides yours truly (Mike Burroughs) were Maj Thurman
'Hop' Hopkins (553), Capt Tom Penn (554), 1st Lt Jim Steinfeld (553), and 1st
Lt Russ Perry (553). We obviously had entirely too much time on our hands because what
probably would have normally constituted about 20 or 25 days of actual training were
crammed into 53 days.
"One day, Russ saw in a newspaper or magazine an article about a
risque movie entited 'The Filthy Five.' Since by that time, we had
become a bunch of hard-drinking (and, arguably creative) guys,
somebody thought it would be cool to call ourselves 'The Filthy Five.'
The article showed a marquee about the movie from a theater, so I
sketched it out and fashioned it into a patch design."
"Filthy Five" patch info Added 12/08/11.
Hunter Moyer sent me this possible Batcat
patch. Please contact me if you can provide further information. Color, about 87K,
If any one can help identify any of the above patches please
e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the information.
Dan LeSage emailed me about a short lived patch
- "During our wing formation at Otis AFB, MA many of the enlisted members of the flight
crews had a lot of extra time when we were not in training. Chief Armstrong required us to
report at 7 or 7:30 am and again at 1:00pm for roll call. Usually a few were assigned some
cleanup detail and the rest were released. This was a daily exercise Monday through Friday.
Needless to say this became very frustrating and created a lot of grumbling. After a while
there was a patch designed with the identical background of the wing patch except it had a
crossed mop and broom centered with the words 100 roll calls.
This was the first time anybody advertised that they had accomplished the goal of 100
anything in the new 553 Wing. As I recall in my fading memory we were only able to keep the
patch on several days before we were busted." If anyone can provide an image of this
patch please email so I can add it to this homepage. Added 12/01/08.
Major Command Patches
Air Forces also known as PACAF. My thanks to
Mike Yates for providing this image. Color, about 71K,
Air Force one of the two major Air Forces that the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing
reported to. Color, about 21K, Added 12/04/02.
7-13th Air Force. Air Force units
based in Thailand, of which the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing was one such unit, came under the control
of both 7th Air Force (operational control) and 13th Air Force (administrative control). I (Webmaster
Larry Westin) found this patch at the D'Militaria collectibles shop in Arlington, Texas. Don't
know how official it is, however it is unique. Added 12/04/02.
Randy Troutman sent me this different
7th-13th Air Force Patch.
The 553rd Reconnaissance Wing came under the control of of both 7th Air Force (for operational control)
and 13th Air Force (for administrative control). Image is color, about 106K,
Force was the major Air Force which exercised operational control over Batcat.
Color, about 30K, Added 04/01/03.
Batcat Wing Patch
The 553rd Wing patch was designed by Mr. Milton Caniff,
famous for his cartoon character "Steve Canyon." The words "Cavete Cattam,"
translated from Latin mean - "Beware of the Cat."
This is the Original 553rd
Patch which is very similar to the EMS/FMS/OMS patches shown below. This patch
was superseeded by the official Batcat patch designed by Mr. Milton Caniff. My thanks to
Ed Wier for
providing the image. Color, about 57K, Added 12/18/07.
553rd Reconnaissance Wing patch (full size), color, about 25K. The
description and meaning of the
BATCAT Wing Patch by its designer, Mr. Milton Caniff.
Herb Weaver sent me this image of
Small size 553rd Reconnaissance
Wing Patch, color, about 16K, Added 12/05/04.
The Batcat patch is, in my opinion, one of the finest designs in the Air Force. After the 553rd
Reconnaissance Wing inactivated in Dec. 1970, the patch went dormat. Later the patch was used again.
A few years ago the Air Force reviewed its patches and decided to simplify them. Take a look at
the patch as it used toady by the 353
Special Operations Group. NOTE the unit is now the 353rd, not 553rd.
Color, about 37K, Added 12/04/02.
David Pipher sent me a nice write up on the Batcat
patch in Word format. I took his Word document and converted it to WordPerfect and Adobe
Acrobat PDF formats. Here is an explanation of the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing patch explanation in
Adobe Acrobat PDF Format, Microsoft Word DOC Format, and in Corel WordPerfect WPD Format. Except for
format all 3 files are identical, just a different format to what ever works best for you. Each
format has an image of the patch along with the explanation of the various symbols of the patch.
100 Mission Patches
The Hundred mission patches were the same for both the
553rd and 554th Reconnaissance Squadrons. Randy Spencer
flew 104 missions with Batcat and earned these patches! My thanks to Randy for loaning me his patches,
first and second types, so I could scan them. My thanks to
Herb Weaver for sending me the third type 100 mission patch.
100 Mission Patch - First type. Color, about
30K. 100 Mission Patch - Second type. Color, about 33K.
100 Mission Patch - Third type. Color, about 49K.
Wing and Squadron Patches
553rd Deputy Chief of
Operations for Intelligence (DCOI), My thanks to Batcat Intelligence officer
Charlotte Holder Clinger who provided this image of the 553rd
DCOI patch. Color, about 90K, Added 02/14/09.
553rdElectronic Maintenance Squadron. My thanks
to Jake Awalt who provided this 553rd EMS image. Later the squadron
was named the 553rd Avionics Maintenance Squadron.Color, about 34K,
553rd Field Maintenance Squadron. My thanks to
Chuck Silverstein who provided this image of the 553rd FMS patch. Color,
about 17K. Added 12/04/99.
553rd Organizational Maintenance Squadron. My thanks
to Paul Albrecht and his son Sean Albrecht
for scanning the 553rd OMS patch. Color, about 17K, Added 03/26/01.
553rd Reconnaissance Squadron patch, color, about 25K -
NOTE this is actually a reproduction patch. Herb Weaver sent this image
of an Original 553rd Reconnaissance
Squadron Patch, color, about 68K. Added reproduction patch Added 12/04/99,
original patch Added 12/05/04.
554th Reconnaissance Squadron patch, color, about 28K.
My Thanks to Bill Person who sent me this image of a second variation of the
554th RS Patch. Color, about 17K,
Detachment 1 of the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing at Nakhom
Phanom. When the QU-22A's firs started operations in Thailand, they were assigned as Detachment 1, 553rd
Reconnaissance Wing at Nakhom Phanom. The Latin words "Parvulu Vespertilio" loosely mean "Baby Bat"
(that information from the official unit history). This patch image provided by
Herb Weaver, color, about 50K.
After the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing disbanded, the 553rd Squadron
was assigned to the 388th TFW and remained at Korat. At that time
Detachment 1 of the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing, was reassigned as
the 554th Reconnaissance Squadron. By this time they were flying
the improved Beech QU-22B Mini Bats from NKP. The QU-22B's
were now a squadron, where as before they were a detachment. This
is an image of the 554th
Reconnaissance Squadron Patch while flying the QU-22B, my thanks to
Jack Hallett, for providing the image. Color, about 6K,
Alec Fushi originally sent this patch which I had in the
unknown category above. 553RW DCOOT -
The Brains of the Bat, color, about 78K, originally added 04/08/09.
Mike Mannheimer sent me an email to say that patch was
for the Deputy Commander for Operations and Trainning. updated 02/06/15.
Snoopy was the wing mascot and some patches were created to honor him.
Here is an image of the Snoopy Winged Warrior 69 SEA 70
patch. Color, about 280K. My thanks to Mike Mannheimer for sending this
patch. Added 02/06/15.
Here is a Snoopy shaped patch often found on party
suits. Color, about 179K. My thanks to Mike Mannheimer for sending this
patch. Added 02/06/15.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT
Aircrew Patches and Flags
I've tried to standardize all
aircrew patch images with the same naming convention. An example
of my aircrew patch photo file naming convention - for example
file name "bccp05-1.jpg."
BCCP of the file name indicates
Patch, with the
05 being crew number 5, and the
-1 being the first crew number 5.
An example the file name for an aircrew flag - for example
file name "bccf08-2.jpg."
BCCF of the file name indicates
Flag, with the
08 being crew number 8, and the
-2 being the second crew number 8.
Crew Time Frames -
Crew numbers appear to have repeated approximately three times. First crews at Korat from
about Nov 67 to Oct 68, images for crews during this period have a -1 at the end of the file
name. Second crews at Korat from about Nov 68 to Oct 69, images for this period have a -2 at
the end of the file name. Third and last crews at Korat from about Nov 69 to Dec 70, images
for this period have a -3 at the end of the file name. The crew dash numbers are not official,
rather a naming convention I developed to keep track of the images.
Image bccp02-1.jpg -
Ronald van der Krogt in Holland originally sent me
this image of a Batcat patch. For a long time it was labeled as a mystery patch. Now
Darrel Rook sent me an email to let me know this was
the crew patch for the first crew 2. Color, about 40K, added 12/02/04,
Image bccp03-1.jpg is the first
Batcat Crew 3 Patch. My thanks to crew member Steve Blankinship
who provided this first Crew 3 patch. Color, about 122K, added 06/12/13.
Image bccp04-1.jpg is the first Batcat Crew
4 Patch. My thanks to crew member Allan Brawn who provided this
first Crew 4 patch. Color, about 193K, added added 04/01/12.
Image bccp05-1.jpg is the first Batcat Crew
5 Patch. My thanks to Mike Jones who provided this first Crew 5 patch.
Color, about 73K, added added 07/04/00.
Image bccp05-2.jpg is the second crew 5 patch. My
thanks to MSgt. Tom Forth, USAF Retired, for this image. Color, about 41K,
added added 6/16/00.
Image bccp05-3b.jpg is the third crew 5 patch,
second version. My thanks to Jim Coffman for this image. Color, about 107K,
added added 02/06/10.
Image bccp07-2.jpg "The Tigers Lair - Ahners
Pride" is the moto on this crew 7 patch. My thanks to Terry Aitken,
Senior Curator at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. This
patch came as a gift to the USAF Museum, the crew time frame is not known, the patch was on a party suit owned by
Lt. Col. Ahner. Please contact me if you have additional information about this crew 7 patch. Color, about 44K,
Stuart Whipple contacted me to let me know he, and SSgt Ron(?) Smeets
were the designers of the patch. From his time frame I concluded this was the second crew 7 patch (previously labeled
as "X"). Updated 12/26/02.
Image bccp08-2.jpg "Bertram's Bengals" is
the moto on this second crew 8 patch. Image
bccf08-2.jpg shows the crew flag for the second
crew 8. My thanks to Jim Bertram for these images. Color, patch about
82K, flag about 68K, added 09/02/02.
Image bccp10-1.jpg "Flings Ferrets" is the
moto on this third crew 10 patch. My thanks to David Dotson for this image.
Color, about 75K, added 05/27/03.
Image bccp10-3.jpg "Make Love Not War" is the
moto on this third crew 10 patch. My thanks to Mike Yates for this image.
Color, about 73K, added 12/13/99.
Image bccp12-2.jpg "Ritter's Critters" is
the moto on this second crew 12 patch. My thanks to Jim Skaggs for this image.
Color, about 131K, added 04/25/10.
Image bccp12-3.jpg "Elwood's Bad Cats" is
the moto on this third crew 12 patch. My thanks to Richard Heiberg for this image.
Color, about 229K, added 02/16/12.
Image bccp14-1.jpg is the first crew 14 patch,
"Lefferts' Lepers." My thanks My thanks to Robin Collord for sending this image.
Color, about 109K, added 02/18/06.
Image bccp14-2b.jpg is a second crew 14 patch,
"Beresford's Bruins." My thanks to Bob Bulen for sending this image.
Color, about 96K, added 01/01/10.
Image bccp14-2.jpg is another patch for the second crew
14. Believe this patch was later than the bccp14-2b.jpg patch above, but still part of the second group. My thanks to
Dave Pipher for sending this image. Color, about 52K,
Image bccp15-2.jpg is the second crew 15 patch,
"Letang's Gang." My thanks to Dave Pipher for sending this image.
Color, about 72K, Added 12/13/99.
Image bccp15-3.jpg is the third crew 15 patch,"Barwick's
Buzzards." My thanks to MiKe Yates for sending this image.
Color, about 78K, Added 12/13/99.
Image bccp26-2.jpg is the second crew 26 patch,
"Almond's Nut's." My thanks to Randy Spencer for sending the
patch for me to scan. Color, about 52K, Added 12/13/99.
Image bccp27-1.jpg is the first crew 27 patch,
"Ryan's Roadrunner's." My thanks to Richard Ertz for sending the
patch for me to scan. Color, about 68K, Added 06/17/08.
Image bccp27-2.jpg the second crew 27 patch with the
crew name "Guano." My thanks to Jim McCune for sending this image.
NOTE - I originally labeled this as the third crew 27 as an estimate of which group it belonged to.
Paul Hasz wrote to say this patch came earlier than the third group, that
(he believes) one of the CIM's on the crew designed this second crew 27 patch. So on 06/11/05 I renamed the patch to
bccp27-2.jpg. Color, about 72K, added 09/07/04, updated 10/23/05 (corrected wording.
Image bccp28-2.jpg the second crew 28 patch,
"Tommy's Turtles." A/C Larry Thompson. Image from Herb Weaver
collection. Information on the details from crew member Don Haren. Color,
about 63K, Added 07/08/09.
Image bccp28-3.jpg is the third crew 28 patch,
"Figmo." My thanks to Lonnie Blankenship who provided this image. Color,
about 30K, added 12/10/00. Here is another
bccp28-3b.jpg. This is an earlier patch than the
first bccp28-3.jpg. Lt. Col. Jones was the aircraft commander for crew 28, and was the pilot involved in the September 6, 1969
loss at Korat with crew 40. After that crash Lt. Col. Aldridge took over as aircraft commander of crew 28. The first third crew
28 patch is that used when Lt. Col. Aldridge was a/c. The bccp28-3b.jpg patch is the crew patch used when Lt. Col. Jones
was a/c. Lonnie Blankenship brought this crew patch to my attention, he was a crew member under both aircraf commanders,
provided the explanation for having two patches in this one time frame. Second patch color, about 54K,
added 12/05/04 from, my thanks to
Herb Weaver for the image, updated information as to why two patches provided by
Lonnie Blankenship with the updated information added 02/06/05.
Image bccp29-2.jpg is the second crew 29 patch,
"Recky Rogues." My thanks to Dave Smith for the patch image.
Color, about 45K, Added 08/24/00.
Image bccp30-2.jpg is the second crew 30 patch,
"Gang-Green." My thanks to Lt. Cmdr James L. (Jim) Green USCGR, son of
aircraft commander Lt. Col. Lewis U. Green Jr., for this patch image. Color, about 54K.
Image bccp31-1.jpg is the first crew 31 patch,
"Hendly's Horseman" with the motto "Always Ahead." My thanks to
Gary Kindle for this image. Color, about 240K,
Image bccp31-3.jpg is the third crew 31 patch,
"Steens Studs," the 554th's Stan/Eval Crew. My thanks to
Chuck Walter for this image. Color, about 15K,
Image bccp32-2.jpg is the second crew 32 patch,
"Troop 32." My thanks to Mike Burroughs who sent me this image.
Color, about 51K, added 06/01/01. Here is a variation
of the second crew 32 patach. My thanks to Batcat
Intelligence officer Charlotte Holder Clinger for this image. Color, about 167K,
Image bccp33-3.jpg is the third crew 33 patch,
"Appling's Piecemakers." My thanks to Paul Desrosiers for
this image. Color, about 52K, added 09/20/99.
Image bccp34-2.jpg is the second crew 34 patch,
"Snake Strokers." My thanks to Bobby Morris for
this image. Color, about 28K, added 04/15/01.
Image bccp35-2 is the second crew 35 page,
"Connie Coyote's." My thanks to patch collector Herb Weaver for
this image. Color, about 66K, added 12/05/04. Here is a variation
of the second crew 35 patach. My thanks to
Intelligence officer Charlotte Holder Clinger for this image. Color, about 126K,
Image bccp38-1.jpg is the first crew 38 patch,
"Lawton's Losers." My thanks to Bob Harper for
this image. Color, about 23K, added 05/17/02.
Image bccp38-3.jpg is the third crew 38 patch,
"Top Cats Dee Yiem." My thanks to Chuck Walter for
this image. Color, about 35K, added 12/14/99.
Image bccp39-1.jpg is the first crew 39 patch,
"Urass." My thanks to Daniel Marquez for
this image. Color, about 12K, added 02/18/06. Image
bccp39-1b.jpg is a slightly different version of
the first crew 39 patch. My thanks to Alec Fushi for
this image. Color, about 78K, added 12/15/13.
Image bccp39-2.jpg is the second crew 39 patch,
"Heller's Hellers," Major Heller aircraft commander. This is the crew which was lost on April 25, 1969.
My thanks to Bill Zaleski for this image. Color, about 43K,
added 12/26/02. Found another second crew 39 patch
bccp39-2a.jpg on Internet. Color, about 45K,
Image bccp41-1.jpg is the first crew 41 patch,
"Haps Cats." My thanks to crew member James "Robbie" Robinson
for this image. Color, about 123K, added 12/19/09.
Image bccp41-2.jpg is the second crew 41 patch,
"Fearless Forty One - Headhunters," Major Oliver aircraft commander. From webmaster
Larry Westin for this image. Color, about 33K,
Batcat OBR 69, originally shown above as "Mystery
Patch #2." Paul Ray provided information which identifies
this as the "Order of the Broken Rung," an O'Club 553rd group of partiers that met anytime the situation
warranted. I have the final gavel and patch from the last meeting in Dec 1970 prior to our freedom flight as the Wing
was reduced to a Squadron. Original OBR Patch added by Herb Weaver, on
12/05/04 added as a mystery patch. Patch moved to "Other
Patches" area with the information provided by Paul Ray. Paul Ray sent me an image of his
Batcat OBR 70 Patch added 12/29/07,
EC-121R Aircraft Patch. My thanks to
Mike Yates for this image. Color, about 11K,
My thanks to Bill Person who sent me this second version of a
Lockheed EC-121R Patch. Color,
about 10K, added 12/28/00.
My thanks to Williams Johns Jr. who sent me this
Batcat Snoopy's All-Stars Soft
Ball Patch. Color, about 97K, added added 12/08/11.
Southeast Asia Wargames Participant
67-68 Patch. My thanks to Steve Blankinship for this image.
Color, about 142K, added 06/12/13.
Southeast Asia Wargames Participant
69-70 Patch. My thanks to Mike Yates for this image.
Color, about 75K, added 12/13/99.
Herb Weaver sent me this variant of the
Southeast Asia Wargames Participant
Patch. Color, about 56K, added 12/05/04.
Thailand Patch. My thanks to
Chuck Walter for sending this image.
Color, about 28K, added 12/14/99.
My Thanks to Bill Person who sent this image of the unique patch
Ho Chi Minh Trail Rustlers - 750 Combat Hours.
Color, about 12K, added 12/28/00.
Yankee Air Pirate Patch. My thanks to
Randy Spencer for providing this patch for me to scan. Randy
reports the wing rather "frowned" on this patch, and it was worn on "party suits" at
the club. Color, about 20K, added 12/07/99.
Bill Person provided another version of the
Yankee Air Pirate #2.
Color, about 14K, second version added 12/28/00.
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