Original Ww2 A2 Painted 8th Aaf Flight Jacket - 447th Bombardment Group Heavy
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Original Ww2 A2 Painted 8th Aaf Flight Jacket - 447th Bombardment Group Heavy:
This A-2 flight jacket was worn by my father, John R. Harmon as a radio man on the B-17 Butch II, Butch 2 was flown from Harvard AFB in Nebraska to Rattlesden Base in England, to join with the Mighty Eight Air Force. I have added a photo of the pledge that the commanders and crew signed prior to taking over the plane. It's original pilot was Hunter Harris Jr who went on to be the original commanding officer of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) and ultimately a future General. You can see that John R. Harmon is signed next to the radio operator space. I have done research on the plane. I did receive a letter from the Museum of the Mighty Eighth in Savanna GA as to the fate of the plane. The following paragraph is from the museum.Your father's crew with now Lt. Col Gene C. Smith as pilot,, less the bombardier, co-pilot, navigator and the tail gunner went to 3rd AD Hdq. and picked up 3 passengers who were 18th Weather Squadron members, Lt. John C. Appleton as a co-pilot and Lt..Whitehand as a Navigator and left (B56, named as the base)) on 27 Mar 1945. May have been a weather recon trip like checking the Atlantic to the Azores or some otherobservation mission. This was not a combat mission. The ceiling was no more than 1200 feet and they may have gone over enemy territory by mistake. They were shot up and the crew had to bail out. There were a total of 10 on the plane. 6 died, 1 evaded and 3 became POWs. One of them was your father. The plane name was "Butch II" registered to the 447th BG.
I have also included the photo of my dad and some crew members wearing the jacket, along with photos of the plane prior to flight and the unfortunate crash site of Butch II. John R. Harmon was captured by the Germans and held in the Dunkirk POW Camp until his liberation in a prisoner trade.As for the jacket itself, you can see the name plate and patch in leather are in perfect condition for its age. The painting of Butch on the back is a bit faded but is consistent with the photo. The jacket has never been cleaned or treated and with the exception of a couple of minor scuffs is in great condition for its age. It has been in a closet for all these years and there are no rips or tears in the leather. The snaps all work nicely as well as the zipper. There is a small repair on the right cuff but overall the cuffs and waistband are very well kept. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them as best I can. All of John R. Harmon's military records were destroyed in the military archives fire in St. Louis in 1973. I have been able to piece together a good portion of his service from his discharge papers and with the help of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth in Savanna GA. and the 447th web site.Thank you for your consideration and offersOn May-30-13 at 08:07:08 PDT, seller added the following information:
** I am including in the sale, the jacket, the original photo of the men wearing the jacket, the original cardboard plaque signed by all men taking over the plane.