405th Bomb Squadron jacket patch belonging to Colonel Jesse Russ Foley, Jr.
While on leave in Australia from his post in New Guinea, Foley, along with other members of his squadron, had this patch made for his flight jacket. The Australian-made patch depicts the head of a ferocious dragon, the emblem of the 405th Bombardment Squadron.
During his service in the 405th Bombardment Squadron, Foley served as a pilot, squadron operations officer, and squadron commander, rising from the rank of second lieutenant to major. He participated in a number of aerial combat missions and received an Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross for two separate bombing attacks. Foley returned to the United States in September 1944 through Camp Shelby. Following the war, he continued his career in the Air Force, serving over 30 years and reaching the promotion of colonel.