Notice how the Doolittle Raiders patch on left takes many
features from the 17th Bombardment Wing; the seven maltese
crosses are from World War I, where the 17th fought in seven
major battles. Notice the motto, "Toujours Au Danger" which
means "Ever Into Danger." Jimmy jokingly mentioned that it
could also mean "Always In Trouble." The circle of pictures in
the left photo denoting the four squadrons in the 17th at the
time, was represented with a picture. The 34th is on top
right, but is turned around. Didn't fit on patch very well
turned the other way.
Here are some more wing patches, above. The 17th Bomb Wing
is more well known than most people think. It showed up in the
movie Space Cowboys with Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee
Jones. As the four veterans are walking into the NASA building
to begin training, look at the left (as you're looking at it)
side of Tommy Lee's jacket. A 17th Bomb Wing patch right
On left above are two 34th Bomb Squadron patches,
an old and new one. To the right is World War II patch.
The "thunderbird" didn't change much, did it?
The 17th Pursuit Group activated at March Field
in California in 1931, but guess who commanded March Field from
1931 to 1936? You guessed it. That's Hap Arnold in the photo
above. It became the 17th Attack Group in 1933, and look at the
shield on his airplane - seven maltese crosses (one cross is
hidden behind him). In 1939, it received the title it
would carry through World War II: the 17th Bombardment Group.
Every Doolittle Raider was from this Group.