How nice that you would share this interesting information with the Forum devotees.
My reference does not have a lot of data on the unit, but here is what I have:
862nd Engineer Aviation Battalion: activated 1 Feb 43 at Richmond Army Air Base, VA; departed NY P/E 23 May 43; arrived England 1 Jun 43; entered France-European Theater of Operations 6 Aug 44; location at war's end, Ober Pfaffenhofen, Germany.
Central Europe22 Mar 45 / 11 May 45 Northern France25 Jul 44 / 14 Sep 44 Rhineland15 Sep 44 / 21 Mar 45.
I don't have any information as to what air basesthis unit may have served, but it was an army unit, not air force.
I would be inclined to assume that the unit remained in England as long as it did in order to help with keeping their fields operational for the flights to Germany et al.
It would have been responsible for clearing out damaged airfields, building construction etc, and would not have been flying personnel per se.
I would anticipate that the unit would have been in immediate contact with the flying personnel from time to time.
I am unable to make a connection with Stuart, FL, which could provide another interesting chapter, I'm sure. I do know that there were many air bases located in FL.
I would like to see the patch you have scanned. OK ? I am at
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner.
Reference(and a good one, too):
World War II Order of Battle, Shelby L. Stanton, author, Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.