“We Believe In Ghosts – East Flank Defenders” Patch Collection (will be updated…)


There has probably never been anything like it!
For the past few month, many squadrons from different NATO countries have been on the eastern flank of europe. They all have the same mission: Secure NATO’s external border during so called eVA (enhanced Vigliance Activities) missions.
The idea of a unified patch for these squadrons came from Rainer Hentschke of swacko.com (former flightshirt.de) and the 480FS. So far there are 80+ squadrons that have followed this idea and show solidarity in this way.
This patch series is perhaps unique in the history of NATO!
(Scroll to the bottom for the Collector’s Sheet PDF and JPG)


In alphanumerical order:

Belgium

1st Squadron
Based at Florennes air base, operating the General Dynamics F-16 Block 20 MLU Fighting Falcon

31st Squadron | 31 Smd | 31 Smaldeel
Based at Kleine Brogel Airbase, operating the F-16

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The squadron also ordered an MK2 version with a different layout and a PVC insignia

349 Squadron | 349 SQN | 349 Smaldeel
Based at Kleine Brogel Airbase, operating the F-16

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

350 Squadron
Based at Florennes air base, operating the F-16 Fighting Falcons


Denmark

Eskadrille 727 “Craven”
Based at Fighter Wing Skrydstrup, operating the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The FW Skrydstrup often goes for QRA TDY on the island Bornholm which is closer to the eastern flank.

Brand og Redning – Fighter Wing Skrydstrup (Fire Brigade)


France

Centex GAé
Expertise Center of the French Carrier Strike Group, based at BAN Landivisiau
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

In early 2023, Centex GAé ordered another version with smaller diameter (8cm) also GITD

Flotille 4F
Based at Base Aéronavale de Lann Bihoué, operating the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, these aircraft are operated from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
Patch in smaller diameter

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Flottille 11F
Based at BAN Landivisiau, operating the Dassault Rafale
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

Flottille 12F
Based at BAN Landivisiau, operating the Dassault Rafale
Patch in smaller diameter

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Flottille 17F
Based at BAN Landivisiau, operating the Dassault Rafale
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The squadron later ordered another version with smaller diameter (8cm) also GITD

36ème EDCA (Berry) Escadron de détection et contrôle aéroportés
Based at Base aérienne 702 Avord, operating the Boeing E-3F

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Escadron de Chasse 1/4 Gascogne
Based at Saint-Dizier-Robinson,operating the Dassault Rafale
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Escadron de Chasse 2/4 Lafayette
Based at Saint-Dizier-Robinson,operating the Dassault Rafale
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Escadron de Chasse 1/3 Navarre
Based at BA 133 Nancy – Ochey Air Base, operating the Dassault Mirage 2000D
This Patch was first an unofficial one as it got produced by themselves (why it has a different look), causing legal discussions. After all the sqn agreed to work with swacko.com and this patch got promoted to an official one.

Escadron électronique aéroporté EEA 1/54 Dunkerque
Based at BA 105 Évreux-Fauville Air Base, operating Transall C-160G “Gabriel”s and Beechcraft King Air 350ER “Vader”s for the electronic warfare

61e escadre de transport
Wing Patch, based at BA123 d’Orléans-Bricy, operating the Airbus A400M Atlas
Wing members: ET 1/61 Touraine, ET 4/61 Béarn, CESAM 6/61, EMATT, EIE A400M, ESTA 15.061 Loiret
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

L’Escadron de soutien technique spécialisée ESTS 15.093 (Former GERMAS) “Istres”
Member of the 31st Wing at BA125 Istres-Le Tubé, support tech spec of the Boeing C-135 Stratolifter

Escadron de soutien technique aéronautique ESTA 15.061 “Loiret”
Member of the 61th Wing at BA123 d’Orléans-Bricy, Aeronautical Technical Support Squadron


Germany

Flugabwehrraketengruppe 21 (FlaRakGrp 21)
Based at Siebenbuche-Kaserne Sanitz, operating the MIM-104 Patriot
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 31 „Boelcke“
Based at Fliegerhorst Nörvenich, operating the Eurofighter Typhoon
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 311 & 312
Part of the TaktLwG 31

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33
Based at Fliegerhorst Büchel, operating the Panavia Tornado IDS

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 331 “Ghosts”
Part of the TaktLwG 33, operating the PA-200 Tornado
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 332 “Devils”
Part of the TaktLwG 33, operating the PA-200 Tornado
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33 “Cross Servicing”

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33 “Cross Servicing”
Green Version

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33 “Cross Servicing”
Challenge Coin

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51 „Immelmann“
Based at Jagel, Fliegerhorst Schleswig – operating Recce- and ECR-Tornados 
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The TAW also ordered a Challenge Coin

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 511
Part of the TaktLwG 51
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader TaktLwG 71 “Richthofen
Based at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen, operating the Eurofighter Typhoon

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The TAW also ordered a Challenge Coin

Fliegende Gruppe Richthofen (TaktLwG 71 “Richthofen“)
Flying part of the 71 TAW, including the squadrons 711 and 712

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 711

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 712

TaktLwG 71 Richthofen “Munition”
Ammo department of the 71 TAW

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader TaktLwG 73 „Steinhoff“ 
Based at Fliegerhorst Laage, operating the Eurofighter Typhoon

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 732 “Bulls”
Part of the TaktLwG 73

This particular patch was worn by the pilot during an air combat training mission in the Eurofighter

The squadron ordered a new version of the patch with a new layout

The squadron also ordered a challenge coin, limited to 100 pieces. They all were flown in an Eurofighter Typhonn during exercise Air Defender 2023 and withstood 9G forces

Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 74 TaktLwG 74
Based at Fliegerhorst Neuburg, operating the Eurofighter Typhoon 

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 741 “Falcons”
Part of the TaktLwG 74

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Fliegende Staffel (SQN) 742 “Zapata”
Part of the TaktLwG 74

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Lufttransportgeschwader 62 (Air Transport Wing ATW)
Based at Fliegerhorst Wunstorf and Flughafen Bremen, operating the Airbus A400M

Führungsunterstützungszentrum der Luftwaffe FüUstgZentrLw
Based at Köln-Wahn
The Air Force Communication and Information Systems Centre (AFCISC) is the Air Force-specific IT service provider for the units of the German Air Force during routine duty, when standing operational tasks are being carried out and during exercises and operations.

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

NATO

AWACS E-3A Component
The NATO E-3A Component at the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany is responsible for airborne monitoring operations throughout the European theater. These squadrons play a critical role in the War on Terror by monitoring airspace for NATO operations around the world.

Mk2 version:

AWACS Flying Squadron 2
Based at NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen Germany, operating the E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System AWACS
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Heavy Airlift Wing HAW
Based at Hungarian Defence Forces Pápa Airbase, operating the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The Wing also ordered a green and a tan version

NATO Tiger Association (NTA)
For all members of the tiger association, this special GHOST-TIGER patch was created with a very beautiful 3D-Design


Netherlands

312 Squadron
Based at Vliegbasis Volkel, operating the F-16

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

313 Squadron
Based at Volkel air base, operating the F-35A
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

322 Squadron
Based at Vliegbasis Leeuwarden, operating the F-35A

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The squadron ordered an updated version with the insignia now also being PVC

The squadron also ordered a 4.5cm Challenge Coin

We Believe In ghosts eastern flank defenders 322 squadron challenge coin

For the 80 years jubilee in 2023, the squadron odered a special patch which is GITD

860 Naval Air Squadron NAS
Based at Maritiem Vliegkamp De Kooy, operating the NHIndustries NH90

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Poland

1 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego (1. ELT)
Based at 23 Baza Lotnicza Mińsk Mazowiecki, operating MIG-29 variants

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

3 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego ELT
Based at Poznań-Krzesiny (31 BLT), operating the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

6 Eskadra Lotnicza
Based at Poznań-Krzesiny, operating the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

10 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego ELT “Dragons”
Based at Łask, operating F-16C-52CF and F-16D-52CF

1.Eskadra Śmigłowców Szturmowych “Inowroclaw”
Based at Inowroclaw/Latkowo (EPIR), operating Mi-24D and Mi-24V

14 Airlift Squadron
Based at 33rd Air Base in Powidz, operating Lockheed C-130 Hercules and PZL M-28 Skytruck

41st Tactical Squadron (41.ELT – 41 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego)
Based at Malbork, operating Mikoyan MiG-29B / MiG-29UB  jet fighters acquired from the German Luftwaffe


Romania

711th Fighter Squadron
Based at Baza 71 Aeriană, operating the MiG-21 LanceR

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Spain

ALA 15
Based at BA Zaragoza, operating the EF-18+ Hornet

111th Fighter Squadron “Diablos de Hispana”
Based at Moron Air Base, operatin the Eurofighter Typhoon
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

United Kingdom

Joint Force Air Component Headquarters (JFACHQ)
Based at RAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – It can deploy worldwide at short notice to run an air campaign.

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The JFAC ordered an MK2 version with a new layout and also GITD

No. 3 (Fighter) Squadron
Based at RAF Coningsby, operating the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4

No. 10 Squadron RAF
Based at RAF Brize Norton, operating the Airbus Voyager KC2/KC3 A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)

The squadron also ordered a woven variant

No. 101 Squadron RAF
Based at RAF Brize Norton, operating the Airbus Voyager KC2/KC3 A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)

The squadron also ordered a woven variant

No. 617 Squadron „The Dambusters“
Based at RAF Marham, operating the Lockheed Martin F-35B


Ukraine (Special Versions)

7th Tactical Aviation Brigade (7 TAB) “Petro Franko”
Based at Starokostiantyniv, Khmelnytskyi Oblast – operating Su-24M, Su-24MR, L-38C

40th Tactical Aviation Brigade (40 BrTA)
Based at Vasylkiv, Ukraine – operating MiG-29, MiG-29MU1, MiG-29UB, MiG-29UBM1, L-39C

114th Tactical Aviation Brigade (114 BrTA)
Based at Ivano/Frankivs’k – operating MiG-29, MiG-29MU1, L-39C

204th Tactical Aviation Brigade (204 TAB)
Based at Luts’k, operating MiG-29M/UB, L-39C

299th Tactical Aviation Brigade (299 BrTA)
Based at Mykolaiv/Kulbakino, operating Su-25, Su-25M1, Su-25UB, Su-25UBM1, L-39C, L-39M

831 Guards Tactical Aviation Brigade (831 BrTA)
Based at Myrhorod, operating Su-27, Su-27P, Su-27UB


United States of America USA

9th Air Refueling Squadron “Universal”
Based at Travis Air Force Base, operating the McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender

23d Bomb Squadron “Bomber Barons”
Based at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, operating the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

31st Fighter Wing (31 FW)
Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

34th Fighter Squadron Rude Rams
Based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, operating the F-35A

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

After the 34th came home from TDY they ordered a larger (12cm) embroidered version of the Patch.
This patch was not created/produced by flightshirt.

37th Airlift Squadron
Based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, operating the C-130J Super Hercules
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

48th Fighter Wing (48 FW)
Based at UK RAF Lakenheath
Patch is Glowing In the Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The FW also ordered a Challenge Coin


52nd Operations Support Squadron (52d OSS)
Based at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

56th Rescue Squadron RQS, Jolly Green Giants
Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

76th Airlift Squadron (76th AS)
Based at Ramstein Airbase Germany, operating Learjet C-21A and Gulfstream C-37A Gulfstream V, operating executive airlift aircraft
Patch is Glowing In the Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

86 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron AMXS
Based at Ramstein Air Base GER, maintaining the C130-J Super Hercules

89th Flying Training Squadron Banshees
Based at Sheppard Air Force Base, operating the Cessna T-37. Part of the Euro-NATO Joint Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program since October 1981
This squadron ordered a second patch design, as a Friday Patch

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
Friday Patch

90th Fighter Squadron The Dicemen (Pair-O-Dice)
Based at Joint Base Elmendord-Richardson, Alaska, operating the F-22 Raptor
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

90th Fighter Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit AMU
The AMU ordered two special versions with their 12 F-22’s on it, GITD

92nd Air Refueling Squadron
Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, operating the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

94th Fighter Squadron “Hat in the Ring”
Based at Joint Base Langley–Eustis, Virginia, operating the F-22A Raptor

95th Reconnaissance Squadron RS “Kickin’ Ass”
Based at RAF Mildenhall UK, operating the
Boeing RC-135U Combat Sent
Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint
Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint
Boeing OC-135B Open Skies

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

97th Air Refueling Squadron
Based at Fairchild Air Force Base, operating the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
Patch is Glowing In The Dark GITD

134th Fighter Squadron FS Green Mountain Boys
Unit of the Vermont Air National Guard located at Burlington Air National Guard Base, operating the F-35A Lightning II

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134) Garudas
Based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, operating the Boeing EA-18G Growler

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) Death Rattlers
based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, operating the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet
The squadron ordered also a smaller diameter, woven version of the patch.

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The squadron ordered an MK2 version with an updated insignia

351st Air Refueling Squadron (351st ARS)
Based at RAF Mildenhall UK, operating the Boeing KC-135R/T Stratotanker 

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

A second batch was ordered with the same layout but a GITD KC-135

422nd Security Forces Squadron (422nd SFS)
Based at UK RAF Croughton, defending all personnel and resources of the 422nd Air Base Group
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

459th Flying Training Squadron Twin Dragons
Based at Sheppard Air Force Base, operating the T-6 Texan II.
Part of the Euro-NATO Joint Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program.
This squadron ordered a second patch design, as a Friday Patch

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
Friday Patch

480th Fighter Squadron (480th FS) The Warhawks
Based at Spangdahlem Air Base Germany, operating the F-16J Fighting Falcon
The squadron ordered a second batch with the new NATO border

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

The squadron also ordered a 5cm Challenge Coin, limited and numbered to 100 pieces

We Believe In ghosts eastern flank defenders 480 fighter squadron challenge coin

480th Fighter Generation Squadron (FGS)
On April 8, 2023 52 AMXS became the 480th FGS and of course the team had to join the WBIG cult.
Patch is GITD

492nd Fighter Squadron (492nd FS), “The Bolars” and “The Madhatters”
Based at RAF Lakenheath UK, operating the F-15E Strike Eagle
Patch is Glow In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

493rd Fighter Squadron (493rd FS), The Grim Reapers
Based at RAF Lakenheath UK, operating the F-35A Lightning II
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

494th Fighter Squadron (494th FS), The Panthers
Based at RAF Lakenheath UK, operating the F-15E Strike Eagle

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

495th Fighter Squadron (495th FS), The Valkyries
Based at RAF Lakenheath UK, operating the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II
Patch is Glowing In The Dark (GITD)

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders
We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

510th Fighter Squadron, Buzzards
Based at Aviano Air Base Italy, operating the F-16 Fighting Falcon

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

555th Fighter Squadron, Triple Nickel
Based at Aviano Air Base Italy, operating the F-16C/D Block 40 Fighting Falcon

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Operation Copper Arrow 2022
Operation Copper Arrow, a new air-to-air refueling mission, combines Operation Atlantic Resolve missions from NATO AB, Geilenkirchen, and RAF Mildenhall, England, into a single mission with one staff overseen by USAFE – AFAFRICA Tanker Operations.

We Believe In Ghosts Patch Collection Eastern Flank Defenders

Operation Copper Arrow 2023


Upcoming:  ESP 12 ALA, 14 ALA, 15 ALA MK2, FRA 1/2 EC, 1/3 EC, 1/54 EEA, 4F MK2, 17F MK2, 15.061 ESTA, GER 33 CS Green, 732 SQN Special, NATO 1 SQN, AWACS Component, NTA Ghost Tiger Special, NED 312 Coin, POL 1 SQN, 10 FS, 41 ELT MK2, ASAR, UK 10 & 101 Woven, USA 9 ARS, 23 BS, 23 EBS Bomber Barons, 48 EMS, 86 AMXS MK2, 90 FTS, 94 FS, 174 ARS, 493 & 494 Woven



Collector’s Sheet PDF Download (Automatically Updated)


Collector’s Sheet JPG Download (Manually Updated) [Updated 09.12.2023 21:31Z] Click below:




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