Patches, page 1
One of the most difficult
patches to identify. I suspected it was a U-2 base.
Vernon Spencer solved the
"I was a "Crewmember" at Starship Hippodrome
throughout 1975. I can't go into detail, but I can verify that TUSLOG
DET 4 (Sinop, Turkey) did not have any U-2 flights on my watch. To my
knowledge, it was not a SAC base at that time. There were no
aircraft there at all except for a very small single, MedEvac prop job
operated by Army personnel. TUSLOG Det 4 (Sinop) was a small
listening base on the Black Sea Coast. The base was locally
known an NATO "Logistics" base, but was mainly populated with Army
Security Agency personnel. There were Air Force and Navy personnel on
base, but were definitely in the minority. I don't think there were
more than 200 military personnel there at any one time.
Hippodrome was the remote operations area on a peninsula jutting into
the Black Sea. It was staffed with Army personnel exclusively. There
was another "Ops" building, that held the other services.
The Hippodrome facility may have gotten it's patch from
the "Hi-Tech" look of the antenna arrays, Geodesic Domes, and
parabolic dishes visible just outside the operations facility. There
was a 50' Movable Parabolic Dish there inside a dome. there was 30'
dish w/o a dome. Srangely enough, periodically the Soviets almost
always had a trawler just offshore and it was not uncommon to have a
flyover of Soviet aircraft to see if we were up to any mischief.
was only there for the one tour of duty (13 months), but there is a
wealth of anecdotes from others, Try a search on "sinop tuslog det 4
army security agency" to find some of these. Here is a link that has
a picture of Hippodrome in the far distance, It also has the patch.
Here is a rather poor pic of Hippodrome
from a bad angle.
I hope this
hasn't shattered any hopes for you for a big mysterious base with
double-super-secret aircraft. If you look at where Sinop, Turkey is
located relative to the old Soviet Union, you can see it's strategic
value for the Intelligence Community.
There were much larger sister bases in Turkey. Incirlic, Adana and
Karamursel would have had more of a chance of having the SAC presence
you thought Sinop might have."
||B-52 MIG Killers
Obviously used during Viet Nam, but by who?
Les Robbins wrote, "Can't give you
the specifics (sorry 'bout that) but I can provide some general
information about two of the patches. The MiG Killer B-52D had to do with
the D model B-52 gunners shooting down attacking MiGs during the
Linebacker campaign to Hanoi and other parts of North VietNam (the bombing
that finally brought NVN to the peace table for good. The D model gunners
were still in the tail section of their B-52 and had a good visual on any
attacking MiGs as well as on SAMs that were fired at them. The other
model B-52 in that campaign (1972) was either the G or H model, and the
gunners sat forward with the rest of the crew. He had a high resolution TV
system to see who or what was attacking. Essentially he did not have
nearly as good a view of incoming missiles or enemy aircraft. (Most of the
15 B-52s that were shot down were not the D models, because the rear
direct looking gunner had excellent visuals. The gunners shot down some of
the MiGs, so that is probably the source of the patch.
SAC Combat Defense Force
Don't know anything about this unit. Patch states "SAC" at
top. Dog suggests K9 operations. Plane may represent airborne
command post and stars could symbolize communications. Ponder's
guide to mottos says its the USAF Ground Electronic Engineering
Installation Agency, but yet there is that "SAC" at the top of the patch.
Jordan Murphy wrote
to various "ole timers" my understanding is that the Combat Defense Force
is what became Security Police (not law enforcement) and what is now
Security Forces. Until the reorganization of SFs in 1997, LE and SPs were
different AFSCs; SPs took care of security (flight line, missile field),
LEs were the on base cops. It is now one AFSC and enlisted personnel will
switch back and forth between law enforcement and security duties as their
supervisor sees fit.
Terry Horstead (the SAC
Patch is for the 320th Combat Support Squadron, Mather AFB, CA.
Guardians of the North
This is the slogan for the 28th Bomb Wing, but this patch
Mike Hill, wrote: Under the heading
of unknown patches. The one that is labeled GUARDING THE NORTHLAND is the
unit patch for the North Dakota Air National Guard or THE HAPPY HOOLIGANS
SMSgt Larry Paskert
wrote, "The 'Guarding the Northland' patch is for the 119th Fighter
Wing (formerly the 119th Fighter Interceptor Group), North Dakota Air
National Guard, Fargo.
Lee Spain wrote, that it's air forces, Iceland. He attached this