This is a wonderful Private Purchase A-2 Type Flight Jacket worn by a USAAF Combat Airman in WWII. On the outside it looks identical to an A-2 down to the collar hook, but it is made of a really fine, soft, “glove” leather. Inside is a cool plaid woven flannel, almost in the Burberry pattern. Would make one wonder if this wasn’t a bespoke Flight Jacket made in the UK if not for the US CONMAR zipper. This jacket has 3 patches on it, and that is all it has ever had: no name strip or any other patches have been removed. 8th AF, 381st BG, 534th BS, flying out of Ridgewell, UK.
Armpit to Armpit: 16”, Shoulder to Shoulder: 18”, Collar to Hem: 25-1/2”, Shoulder to Cuff: 26”
“Glove” leather and flannel.
Horizontal pin with over-under catch
This is from a Foreign Air Force Wing collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. TRVBCEJX TRFJEX17 LCAGEX6/17
7+ (Very Fine+): Leather is in excellent condition, visible scuffs would probably disappear with some leather treatment. Some moth nip peppering to the waistband, see images.
As with all my items, this piece is guaranteed original.