Made of silk materials on fine cotton backing. Either Chinese or Japanese made.
Scarce Silk Jacket Patch – USMC VMF (N) – 533 Night Fighter Squadron. Formed in October of 1943, flying the Grumman F6F -5N Hellcat. They replaced VMF (N)- 532, prior to May of 1945, when transferred to Okinawa. When doing this, the unit accomplished the longest over sea flight of any single engine aircraft during WWII. By war’s end, the 533 had the honor of having the most aerial victories of any night fighter squadron, as well as claiming the first night fighter ace, Captain Robert Baird.
After the Japanese surrender, the squadron moved to China, and remained there until 1947. The squadron remained stateside during the Korean War, and had acquired jet aircraft by this time. In 1957, the squadron was re-designated VMA – 533 (Attack Sqdn.).
I have had similar patches of this construction (such as 14th AAF) made in the CBI, and I believe this is the period for this scarce insignia.
4 3/8 inches diameter.
Fine condition with some paper residue on the reverse having been in a scrapbook, etc.
From the Robert Borrell Collection.