Army Air Force A-2 Leather Jacket 389th Fighter Squadron. You are witnessing one of the greatest versions of the A-2 jacket series that were popular among soldiers and pilots in the 1940s during World War 2. This specific jacket was produced in 1942 by the Aero Leather Clothing Co. With an issue of 50,000 units.
Obviously what is special about this particular jacket besides the beautiful wear, is the hand painted graphic on the backside representing the 389th Fighter Squadron. The 389th Fighter Squadron flew combat in the European Theatre of Operations from March 14, 1943 to May 3, 1945. The European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA) was a theater of Operations responsible for directing US army operations throughout the European theater of WW2 from 1942 - 1945. There are 30 yellow missiles painted underneath the Eagle which symbolizes the number of missions the pilot flew/completed. Youll notice there are 2 red emblems on both sides of the Eagle that depict the German Nai Party.
PLEASE NOTE these two symbols did not intend to promote German influence/success but rather were painted for a token of honor for the pilot. The man who wore this jacket shot down at least 2 German Nai planes during his service.. Maybe even more that were not documented. This jacket was originally owned by Russel P.Blackie, who enlisted in 1942 at only 21 Years old. Allegedly, he flew a B52 plane while completing missions all over Europe. Please see all pictures for jackets condition. The natural wear on this jacket is amazing.
The original brown cowhide has worn down in some areas to a nice patina. The sleeves have the most wear, in some areas nearly showing the raw suede.The painted graphic on the back has some surface wear but still pops in color and is very clear. The zipper is made by Talon and still zips up fine!
Although, the zipper end tab on the (wearers) bottom left side of the jacket is tearing slightly by the cotton fabric. The collar snaps and hook are fine and still open and close.The cuffs on the sleeves are pretty thrashed, please see pictures! Both front pockets: the stitching of the tops of the pockets are coming undone. They can still be used as pockets if worn, you just have to handle it with care. Thanks for taking your time to view this item. If you need more detailed photos, please ask I have more. The item "Authentic WWII U. Army Air Force A-2 Leather Jacket 389th Fighter Squadron" is in sale since Saturday, August 8, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Uniforms". The seller is "matthewels_78" and is located in Lumberton, New Jersey.
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