A-1 Combat Journal
A word about patches at NKP
Combat pilots in SEA did not wear any patches
or name tags on their flight suit lest they provide the enemy
knowledge of their unit and/or mission should they be downed and
captured. While not flying however, there were plenty of opportunities
to wear patches. The party suit was a SEA tradition among flying
units with each unit wearing their own distinctive design. It
was common for pilots to design a new patch for a successful SAR
or other important mission. These unofficial patches were to be
worn only by those who actually flew on the SAR mission.
This patch was designed and worn by those of us
who flew on the Nail 31 SAR, 18-19 Mar 1972
The Sandy 07 patch to be worn proudly by all Sandys
who participated in the rescue, including Sandy 07!
This patch was designed following the successful
rescue of Nickel 102.
This was a patch designed strictly for party suit
wear. In fact, it was never worn while at NKP (note 140 missions).
This was a generic patch worn by many units in
This patch was designed to commemorate the mission
flown with ZUNI rockets.
This patch was designed for the Bowleg 02 SAR.
The bullseye symbol represents Hanoi which was identified as Bullseye
in bandit calls by GCI.
The official unit patch of the 1st Special Operations