368th Fighter Squadron Jacket

The Type A2 is the lightweight leather jacket issued to pilots of the United States Army Air Force for most of World War II. This example was made by J. A. Dubow and going by the contract numbers would have been made in 1944. It was issued at some point to a pilot attached to the 368th Fighter Squadron as evidenced by the patch on the left chest. The 368th were in Europe in WWII, and this jacket came from France. The jacket has had a different patch on it before this one, though, shown by stitch holes in the same region but of a different shape fro the 368th patch. The jacket is in great wearable condition with good knit cuffs and hem, and the zipper and all snaps work well.

368th FS patch:

Good functional snaps and throat latch:

Talon zipper with mysterious “3” stopper box:

The remains of a size/lot label:


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