Us Army Air Force A-2 A2 Cable Flight Flying Jacket Horsehide Size 42 Artwork For SaleI 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. Flying Tigers Willis and Geiger, Switlik M-422 Parachute & Equipment Co. and Monarch Mfg. Co. AVG 8th CBI Bu Aero BuAero China Burma India Ledo Luftwaffe Prym Zipp Kanalhosen Adler DRP RiRi Juncker EK1 EK2 Knights Cross 1939 WW2 BSW Godet Eichenlaub Mustang Talon Crown Zip AAF Army Air Force USAAF Dolittle Doniger Bronco Aviation Togs Aero Goodwear Eastman B3 A-2 A2 M422 M422A USMC Marine Corps Aerospace NASA Flight Flying Jacket Horsehide Half Belt ANJ Navy Wright Airforce Bomber Fighter B-3 AAC Army Vulcan Lancaster Venom Air Corps Chennault Ace Spiewak Willis Geiger Lufwaffe RAF Irvin Irving Sheepskin Shearling Hartmann Luftwaffe Vulcan Victor BAE B-type helmet DFC medals Purple Heart Silver Star Honor Victoria Cross RAAF Le Coultre RCAF Ferry Command SAS SBS LRDG SOE SIS OSS Goatskin Bader Galland Rolex Omega Squadron Dresden Leyte Kamikaze Samuri Tanto Wasp Lincoln Lexington USS Submarine Sword U-boat Lancaster Spitfire IWC Rolex Explorer 1016 International Watch Company James Bond Mark XI Messerschmit IWC Jaeger Focke Hanhart Wulf Junkers DEVGRU SOCOM SEAL Heinkel Corsair Grumman Denison Hellcat MACV SOG Mke Force Hanoi Saigon Tomcat Top Gun Hurricane Wellington Escape Boston Havoc Mitchell Maurauder LRDG Doolite Wingate Malaya 44 Pattern 37 Pattern Windproof Smock Chindits Selous Scouts Parachute Regiment Squadron Stirling Lines blood Chit CBI Royal Air Force RAF Fleet Air Arm OMEGA Tritium Radium Commando Royal Marines DEVGRU SRR Shemagh Webbing Yoke 44-Pattern 58 Pattern Escape Evasion M4 SLR GPMG Hawker Supermarine Wellington TSR2 Vixen Lightning Avro Harrier GR3 Mike FORCE Hue Da Nang Phantom B-52 Vietnam CCN CCC CCS MACVSOG MACV SOG Tadpole Tiger Stripe ARVN SFG Beret Bancroft Rolex 5th Hanoi Saigon OG Jungle Jacket 107 82nd 101st Ranger Patches
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