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printed badge depicts a mountain range in black with a white skyline, surrounded by a black Q on a red background
The formation badge depicts the central peak of the mountain range of Mount Takatu, 10,000 ft high, overlooking Quetta. The Q stands for Quetta where the Division was raised in May 1942 by Major-General H. H. Rich. In 1943 the division was turned into a training division for jungle warfare. The Division was commanded by Major-General A. C. Curtis, whose papers are held in the Department of Documents, he took over the Divsion and was responsible for much of the training methods used by the Division at Chhindwara.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.