Navy squadron patches are patches or hand-stitched or embroidered pieces of cloth containing the emblem or insignia of squadrons assigned to aircraft carriers, destroyers and other naval vessels and installations. These patches are generally associated with various fighter squadrons from World War II.
A member of the squadron usually sewed the patches onto a jacket or some other article of clothing belonging to him. Various individuals also sell, trade and collect the patches and display and sell them at exhibits, fairs and trade shows. Some patches, such as those from squadrons that achieved some degree of notoriety or that have some connection with famous battles or campaigns, are highly prized for their historical or collectible value by museums, historical organizations and veterans groups.
Survivors and relatives of members of the squadrons may also have an interest in purchasing and collecting the patches. Several companies manufacture reproductions of these patches as a testament to their enduring popularity.