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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
United States of America (All Branches)
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Selling Price: $435 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $5
All collectors of Canadian WWII patches know that Crest Craft is the top of the line as far as quality and detail are concerned. Each one is a miraculous work of art and this one is no exception. Collectors also know that rarity is a factor of population at any given base or within any given unit. Here is a remote installation that hosted a few dozen men. The patch is over 6.5 inches long across the diagonal axis of the tab to the wolf's ear tip. It is extremely ornate and has no defects. It has never been sewn on and the colors are superb. I count 9 different pieces of felt/wool in its construction. As to the history of this remote place, I quote from a web source:

When the United States entered the war in late 1941, Canada offered the use of the Northwest Staging Route "for the duration". Canada and the USA began work to extend the NWSR from Great Falls, Montana to Fairbanks, Alaska using existing airways where possible. The US used the NWSR to ferry fighters and bombers to the USSR and to ship materiel to the developing front in the Aleutian Islands. This became the major shipping route to supply aircraft for the war in Europe and the fronts in Asia. Aishihik, Yukon Territory was on that route.

The base was primitive. It had a small log cabin construction Operations Bldg, a barracks and a few maintenance shacks with two Marconi transmitters (one active and one standby) the goniometer, and a standby generator were located in a building at the Radio Range site. The OP building handled all Air/Ground communication, all weather reports and weather requests - all by voice. Passing aircraft position (PX) reports and ETAs were logged in indelible pencil and passed the Point to Point Position to be sent by CW to the next station.

The barracks were Spartan, with no blinds or window curtains, and 24-hr daylight. Spare blankets were soon put over the windows and wood-burning "Yukon Heater" with a 45 gallon oil drum on its side with stove pipe on one the other end were used until a hot air furnace could be installed. It had a gravel runway, a full time cook, and mail or supplies being ferried in by an RCAF Norseman or Beech 18 Expeditor. Once an Alaska Star Airways Ford Tri-Motor airliner stopped to check a suspected oil leak and the stewardess went for coffee, while waiting. All Aishihik's off-duty crew also went for coffee.

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