FLIGHT JACKET COLLECTION
A-2 FLIGHT JACKET
545TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON, 384th BOMBARDMENT GROUP
jacket came to us by a fortuitous phone call out of the blue.
SILVER QUEEN was the B-17 in which the owner flew.
Missions, including D-Day, Berlin and final target Leipzig, are inked on each of the bombs below the
inscription. The 384th BG shield is painted directly onto the horsehide.
Beautiful original condition. In one pocket is a torn edge of a check dated
1947! Presumably the owner returned home then, for the 384th had stayed in
Europe following the war as part of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe contingent.
Hence the rare left chest patch prior to the inception of the USAF: a color
screened oilcloth United States Air Force disk enclosing an embroidered 8th
AF. Jacket has mismatched cuffs and waistband colors -- this was, inexplicably, a
common feature on jackets from Aero Leather,
the largest WWII contractor and very occasionally found on those of other mfgs.
as well. Note how the so-called seal brown coloring of the Horsehide actually
exhibits strong reddish chestnut strains.