The 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron’s emblem was a distinctive Redhawk, with twin tails like the F-5 Photo Lightning the squadron flew.  The origins and originators of this insignia are a bit obscure, and this blog welcomes any inputs on the subject.  But there is no doubt that the personnel and aircraft of the 35PRS wore this emblem in China, 1944-1945.

The emblem of the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in World War II (Courtesy John Brasko, Jr.)

The emblem of the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in World War II (Courtesy John Brasko, Jr.)

As for the technical description of the elements of the insignia, “On an ultramarine blue disc, crossed by an irregular patch of yellow to form land and water areas, a stylized red hawk, in flight, toward dexter base, grasping in its talons a black camera.”

This Redhawk insignia was adopted by the 123rd Fighter Squadron of the Oregon Air National Guard after WWII, and although it has been adapted since then it is still recognizable today on the 123FS patch.

Current Redhawk emblem of the 123rd Fighter Squadron (Courtesy 142FW/PA)

Current Redhawk emblem of the 123rd Fighter Squadron (Courtesy 142FW/PA)

And another stylized Redhawk inspired by this original emblem rides on the tails of the squadron’s F-15C Eagle fighter jets flying from Portland ANG Base.

The Redhawk looks on as Airmen of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing work on a 123rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle on the flight line of Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon, on January 12, 2013. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

The Redhawk looks on as Airmen of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing work on a 123rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle on the flight line of Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon, on January 12, 2013. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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