C-141 Loadmaster Patch

Description

U.S. Air Force loadmasters on Lockheed’s C-141 Starlifter aircraft wore this patch on their flying coveralls.

Loadmasters are aircrew members responsible for cargo and passenger placement on an aircraft. The loadmaster career field was not established in the U.S. Air Force until 1953, however the duties that were eventually assumed by loadmasters began early in WWII.  Douglas Aircraft Company first used the term “loadmaster” in flight manuals for their C-124 Globemaster II aircraft in the late 1940s.

Airman First Class John Levitow became the only loadmaster to receive the Medal of Honor because of his heroic actions in 1968 when his AC-47 gunship was struck by mortar fire during the Vietnam War.

Filed In:
Era: Modern
Clothing & Insignia: Patches
Accession #:
2013-3242-0009-0023
Museum Location:
Not on display
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Every artifact in the Air Mobility Command Museum, including this one, is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. We are not able to loan or sell artifacts in the museum's collection.

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My first assignment was to the 63 FMS/Fabrication Branch/Sheet Metal, Norton AFB, CA 1972-1973. I am trying to find a patch with the C-141 Starlifter for my collection.