Wwii Aaf A2 "crew 13" Painted Flight Jacket - 5th Air Force *40 Missions Flown*
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Wwii Aaf A2 "crew 13" Painted Flight Jacket - 5th Air Force *40 Missions Flown*:
ORIGINAL WWII USAAF 40 MISSION PAINTED "CREW 13" A-2 FLIGHT JACKET****EXCELLENT PAINT AND BIG 5TH AIR FORCE PATCH*********VERY SOFT AND SUPPLE LEATHER - BIG SIZE 42 REGULAR**********BEAUTIFUL & VERY RARE WAR-WORN FLIGHT JACKET*****PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION AND VIEW ALL PHOTOS CLOSELYThis sale is for an ORIGINAL World War Two United States Army Air Forces A-2 Flight Jacket that is in VERY GOOD CONDITION with all of its original paint, its original patches and its original Talon Zipper. We believe that this A2 was made in AUSTRALIA During the war just as MANY others were for pilots and air crewmen who served in the 5th Air Force and other units stationed in the Pacific. This jacket looks and is styled very much like a Rough Wear Brand of jacket and looks to be manufactured to exactly the same specifications as A-2 Jackets made within the United States and Issued by the Army Air Forces in the early days of the war. THE STOCKS OF A-2s RAN OUT IN 1943 AND THEY WERE NO LONGER ISSUED OR MANUFACTURED BY THE ARMY AIR FORCES DURING THE WAR. Pilots and Flight Crews who wanted to purchase an A2 for use or to replace lost, stolen or damaged A-2s had to come about them by "Non-Issue" means. Meaning they had to obtain "private purchase" A2 flight jackets and for those stationed in the Pacific, this was nearly impossible unless you were lucky enough to obtain one made in Australia. Research shows that Australian made flight jackets were almost EXACT in specification and design to US Issue Jackets, most often the only difference was the liner. As is the case with this jacket. The FIFTH Air Force Patch is also Australian Made and shows some wear, light soiling and age, but looks great, is very solid and has that war veteran appearance. All in all this is a beautiful war-worn flight jacket that is truly a rare item. It is very impressive and when you see it, you can almost feel its history!
This A-2 looks fantastic with ALL ORIGINAL WAR-TIME PAINT and PATCHES. The back has "CREW 13" Painted in a Large Circle in the Center with FORTY BOMBS PAINTED AROUND IT SIGNIFYING 40 MISSIONS! The jacket also maintains its ORIGINAL BIG 5th Air Force Patch on the left chest as well as its ORIGINAL AAF Patch to the upper left shoulder. There is also an ORIGINAL Technical / Engineer Patch to the lower right sleeve. The 5th Air Force Patch shows age and wear but is as firmly stitched to the jacket as it was during WWII. This jacket maintains its ORIGINAL TALON Zipper. The Zipper is Marked TALON on the Front and Back of the Pull and on the Front and Back of the Zipper Stop. The original leather lanyard is also still in place on the pull. The zipper functions perfectly and has no damage, only some loose stitching to the base of the insert side. The waistband and cuffs Do Not Appear to have been replaced. If they have ever been replaced it was Expertly done a very long time ago. There are no visible signs that they have ever been replaced. When we examined all the thread and stitching on the cuffs and waistband it all checked out as being from the WWII Era. All paint also checks out to be from the WWII Era as well. No aspects of the cloth, patches, threads or stitches glow under a black light and pass all other inspections for authenticity. All paint has the chemical compounds and chemical makeup of paint manufactured in the 1940s. Making this jacket GUARANTEED World War Two and ORIGINAL!The leather of this A-2 Jacket is VERY SOFT, VERY FLEXIBLE, VERY SUPPLE and VERY STRONG! It has NO Holes, NO Tears NO Rot and NO Splits in ANY of the seams. I dare say that it is in good enough condition to wear if you chose to. It is a 42 in the chest. The sleeves measure 24 Inches from the top of the shoulder seam to the cuff and the back, just below the collar from shoulder seam to shoulder seam measures 18 Inches. There is a moderate amount of age and wear to the elbow areas and lower pockets. The leather is worn thin on one of the pocket snaps. There is also scattered light wear to the upper shoulders and the upper crease of the collar. The waistband and cuffs are in very good condition with only a few snags and pulls. No noticeable holes or tears. The LINER shows considerable wear and has loose stitching and threads to the area of the left arm. There is also light to moderate soiling from wear and use. Also, the left collar snap was replaced a long time ago. NONE of these issues that I just stated are visible when the jacket is displayed or worn. It appears to have had a painted patch in the area of the right chest at one time, but there is only a very small amount of paint still visible. There is also a small amount of paint still visible on the left arm. None of this detracts from the jacket and you will love this jacket and be VERY impressed with it when you see it! This A-2 makes a VERY IMPRESSIVE Display and looks wonderful and very impressive in a Gallery Setting. It still maintains great coloration in the leather, patches and paint. Research shows that this jacket was most likely worn by an Enlisted Aircrewman who served with a Bombardment Group of the 5th Air Force during WWII. The fifth flew the majority of its missions against Japanese operations in the Bismark Archipelago, New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies, Leyte, Luzon, New Britain, Western Pacific and Southern Philippeans. They flew bombing attacks, ground support, raids on shipping and also supported nearly every operation in the South Pacific from 1941 to the End of the War. They also flew heavy bombers, including B-29s, in strikes against Japan and Okinawa later in the war. Obviously all that action is the reason this jacket and its original owner flew FORTY MISSIONS! That in itself is absolutely amazing! This is truly a RARE A-2 Flight Jacket that Was Worn During World War II in the South Pacific! It is a true piece of history that experienced some of the most brutal and hellish fighting of WWII. You will be shocked when you see the condition of this jacket. It is well worn and well broken in, which gives it the true look and feel only an honest war veteran can provide! It is truly the REAL DEAL and you will be VERY proud to add this A-2 to your collection. It is MUSEUM QUALITY and now it can be in your museum! PLEASE VIEW ALL PHOTOS CLOSELY and ask any questions that you may have! Thank you for looking and good luck offerding!!!
If you are interested in rare and hard to find pieces of real World War I and World War II history, then RUSH to visit our store, The Old Patriot Militaria or “OPM” as our “Insiders” call us. We just purchased a very old collection of over thirty U.S. WWI Uniforms as well as a complete cavalry officer’s footlocker grouping. Not to mention THREE ORIGINAL WWII Painted Army Air Forces A-2 Flight Jackets and two complete AAF Officer’s trunk groupings with almost every item you could imagine in EXCELLENT Condition! We have more rare and museum quality items coming up than you can imagine! Most items have never been offered to the general public! Be sure to sign up for OPM’s weekly email newsletter at our store or by following the link just above this description. Receiving our email newsletter will make you an “Old Patriot Insider” and keep you on the front lines of our new and upcoming listings. Have your “Battle Plan” ready, you never know when we will list exactly what you are looking for!!!
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