|The Lechfeld Tigers "Pantherpatch" story|
|The story of this squadron crest lies somewhat in the dark. Introduced around 1958, it's roots must lie in the USA.|
|In Luke AFB (Phoenix, Arizona) our flying forefathers were
trained on the F-84. The local training squadron was the "Panther
Squadron". On the picture above you see the crest on the orignal of a
picture from around 1959.
By nature, the crests which are worn on the flying suit, come after flying training, back into the home units of the students. Here in the first squadron fighterbomber wing 32 this motiv - be it for some brotherhood type of feeling for the american training squadron, or any other practical reason - was incorporated into the newly designed squadron crest of 1./JaboG 32, the later 321 Tigers.
Here it was worn until for nowadays not recognizable reasons, in German flying squadrons patches were not longer worn.
|This picture was made end of the fifties at Luke AFB in
front of the traning squadron. The second guy from the left, an american IP
(instructor pilot), wears well visible the mentioned patch. The other
german students and wear most probably the crest of the german training
The pilots are (from left to right):
|Class 61-D, Luke AFB 1960
|class 59-H, Luke AFB Nov. 1958
Thanks to Mrs. Kati Bates (The Mexikanerin) for these pictures!!
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