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WWII US 8TH AIR FORCE A2 FLYING JACKET, IDENTIFIED.

A very historic item in the realms of the bombing campaign carried out over Germany, based in the United Kingdom with the 8th Air Force. A2 flying jacket, manufacturers label ‘PROPERTY AIR FORCE U.S. ARMY J.A.DUBOW MFG.CO. CHICAGO.ILL.’ with the original size label of ‘38’, having its U.S.Army Air Force acceptance ink stamp just above the label to the russet brown brushed cotton lining. All of the standard features of the A2 jacket, two lower pockets with press studs, the collar having press studs, all are present and in operation, leather epaulettes. The jacket has its original cuffs and bottom band, the cuffs are slightly moth damaged as is the bottom band but these are quite often replaced from the original. Leather itself is absolutely excellent, creased overall, slight discoloured but no leather rot. The zip is present but the zip runner is missing. The original owner’s leather name tag above the painted patch is missing, the patch below is of the 322nd Squadron, of the 91st Bomb Group. To the upper right hand sleeve are the faint remains of a painted 8th Air Force patch. The reverse of the jacket is stunning, the whole of the back panel is covered with the nose art insignia of the B17 Flying Fortress Rusty Dusty. The artwork is thin in places, under the lower scroll, which reads “91st Bomb Group” there is a line of blue lettering, which unfortunately is difficult to read. Beneath the foot of the Wagner girl there is another small section of yellow paint, which maybe the crew member’s name but again difficult to read. Rusty Dusty was assigned to the air base in Cambridgeshire, Bassingbourn on the 7th December 1944, the crew and the aircraft survived WWII. There are 35 bombs painted in the artwork and during research we discovered that 1st Lieutenant Davidson completed his 35th mission in March 1945, this maybe a coincidence but it may be further evidence enabling the researcher to identify who wore this jacket. There are many images available on the internet of Rusty Dusty with its crew. The 91st Bomb Group flew 340 mission over Europe in WWII, the group is classified as a Heavy Bombardment Group, the 91st suffered more casualties than any other Bomb Group in the American Army 8th Air Force.

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