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Old 05-12-2019, 04:34 PM   #1
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Hi, I am an Air Traffic Controller and I have a question about reenactment. What kind of wing badge would be worn in 1948, during the Berlin Airlift, being in then USAAF and being an Officer? Would the signal unit do ATC then?
I ask because we are hving the 70th Anv of the airlift at my base in Germany and I would like to dress up in the summer uniform worn then.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:49 AM   #2
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I had a guy who was a Senior Air Traffic Controller at TCA but sadly he passed away some yrs. ago. He would have been the best source for this.
Another guy was the personal Enterpreter to Gen. Clay and he allway's had cool Stories to tell. He came into town on July 4th 1945 and stayed here until he passed away some yrs. ago too.
Is I must say as a Berliner, it's a shame what others do and then the City of Berlin, I decided not to take part in a Volksfest for one weekend at TCA Field.
Our Mayor said, the Candy Bombers can't land because of interrupting the Air Traffic, but when they have an Air Show every yr., 400 are no problem.
Money before history, what a shame!!!
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:42 AM   #4
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I would suggest that you submit your question to the Research Desk of the U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency.
https://www.afhra.af.mil/Contact-Us/
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:23 PM   #5
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Google images didn't seem to give clear pictures but you might try that (I searched "air traffic control Berlin airlift").

Also, this link looked interesting:

http://afcommatc.org/the-development...n-germany.html
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:58 AM   #6
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Thanks very much, i will do so. Also here at Wiesbaden money isxa big question anx i think this will be the last time its happening. Just in time for my book being done!
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:44 PM   #8
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Jup book, i just finished a book on the history of Fliegerhorst Wiesbaden Erbenheim aka Clay Kaserne. It describes the beginning in 1910 as a horsersce track, then civ airfield later Fliegerhorst, then Wiesbaden Air Base , Wiesbaden Army Airfield and now Clay Kaserne. It is in print now and done on 9th June. It is in german and english.
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I do not believe there was a badge for ATC in 1948. I been looking really hard. The Air Force became a separate service in 1947 but was still using Army insignia in 1948.

https://airandspace.si.edu/collectio...ns-air-traffic
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:43 PM   #10
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I agree with Crowback: No special insignia in 1948.

As near as I can find out, there was no special insignia until 1987 when the current Air Traffic Controller Badge was authorized.
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