WWII USAAF 356th FG 359th FS 8th AF A-2 Jacket of Pilot Lt. Wendal J. Nelson KIA 1/1/45
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WWII USAAF 356th FG 359th FS 8th AF A-2 Jacket of Pilot Lt. Wendal J. Nelson KIA 1/1/45

Code: afuh20004lwn-CON


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Product Description

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ARTIFACT: Fantastic WWII USAAF 356th Fighter Group, 360th Fighter Squadron, 8th AF Fighter Pilot A-2 jacket with P-51 Mustang "Junie" painted on back with group colors and squadron designation (OC-X). The jacket is named to Lieutenant Wendal J. A. Nelson who was killed in action on January 13, 1945. Originally from Nebraska, Lt. Nelson flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Desert Air Force American Volunteer during America's neutrality. He flew with the RAF during the battle of El Alemein and later transferred to the USAAF after America joined the war. The Saturday that Lt. Nelson crashed in Debach was snowy and the official cause is unknown, but speculations are that Lt. Nelson suffered from vertigo before his plane crashed, exploding on impact just five miles north from his take off at Martlesham Heath. He had flown 10 missions with the 8th before his crash. Sadly, the jacket is missing the 359th Fighter Squadron patch that was once sewn on the breast of the jacket.

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VINTAGE: Circa WWII

SIZE: Size 44. Approximately 23" from armpit to armpit; 26 ??" length from collar to hem (on reverse); 25" from shoulder seam to cuff; 18 ??" between shoulders

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Leather, paint, polyester, steel.

ATTACHMENT: Metal zipper, hook clasp at neck, and snaps on front pockets.

MARKINGS: "TYPE A-2 DWG. NO 30-1415 A.C. ORDER NO. 42-16175-P PERRY SPORTSWEAR, INC ??? NEWBURGH, N.Y. PROPERTY AIR FORCE, U.S. ARMY" "44" "WENDAL J.A. NELSON LIEUT. 0-554389" "LIEUT WENDAL J.A. NELSON AUS AC 0-554389"

ITEM NOTES: This is from a USAAF jacket collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-JST-20-15 LCGEJX3/15 SLCGIEX4/15

CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine - Excellent): Jacket shows moderate wear mostly to collar and elbows, area of separation at the collar. A patch was removed from breast, the painted details remain intact and bright.

GUARANTEE: As with all my items, this piece is guaranteed original.