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Us Army Air Force A-2 A2 Cable Flight Flying Jacket Horsehide Size 42 Artwork For Sale
I am parting with my small collection of military antiques and collectables. Please check my other sales for WW2 A-2 flight jackets, Vietnam war era clothing, webbing and patches, UK special forces items, RAF watches and other interesting bits and pieces.
This item is a fine, original A-2 flight jacket with impeccable provenance and documented history. I purchased this from a family member of S/Sgt Tom Lakos. Lakos was the ball turret gunner om 'Wee Willie', and he was credited with two Luftwaffe kills, as illustrated on the reverse of his jacket. The jacket is manufactured by Cable, in a size 42, and fits like a 40. It has a perfectly working, robust and rare Kwik zipper. The lining is in very good order, with manufacturers label and inspector stamp intact and visible. The only defect on this jacket is wear at the ends of the sleeves and on the cuffs. Lakos completed his 35-0 tour with the 322nd Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, in early 1945, just months before 'Wee Willie' was shot down with the loss of its crew. Photos of Wee Willie's demise are some of the most famous and sombre of the air war over Europe. Here are a few links to sites of interest:
First Flickr Website of photos of Wee Willie and Tom Lakos
Wired Science - The Toughest Plane Built, with Feature on Wee Willie
Main Wikipedia Website on the B-17, with feature photo of Wee Willie
Second Flickr Website of photos of Wee Willie
Below are photos that should allow collectors to identify various positive design and construction techniques. I tried to take them in different light. I will email the winner a selection of scans of photos of Lakos, his awards and medals and various other certificates, letters etc. Feel free to ask any questions. Good luck with your offer!
Shipping: I will be shipping items from 1 May. I have decided to ship all items for free, so please factor that into your final offer. Patches will be shipped in a rigid padded envelope and shipped by first class, recorded delivery Mail. Watches and delicate items will be carefully packed and shipped by expedited private courier (of your choice) and recorded delivery in a small, hardened box. Clothing and webbing will be packed in a box and reinforced plastic bag and shipped by regular mail. If you would like your item shipped any other way then please just ask. Items sold for above $300 will be sent registered mail with signed delivery.
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Us Army Air Force A-2 A2 Cable Flight Flying Jacket Horsehide Size 42 Artwork: $4,206