here are 3 genuine airborne patches, and a repro:
Top left= genuine 501st APACHES patch given by a serving paratrooper to a boy in Lambourn, England, during ww2 (The boy grew up and left it to me shortly before he died - RIP Fred.)
bottom left: repro of the patch most of us would like to own. I believe it was the only Warner bros sanctioned patch in ww2, the artist had worked for Wb before the war and was in the unit. The origionals were made in Italy, i think two were issued, then the shoe box they were in was lost!
Top right: When is airborne not army? when it's Special Combined Army With Air Force - patch and flash worn by the 876th and 878th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalions in the ETO.
bottom right, post war patch for the 876th and 878th.