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Original U.S. WWII A-2 Flight Jacket C-46 Pilot Nicholas Chritopulos - 4th Combat Cargo Group - 13th Combat Cargo Squadron

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Fantastic World War Two A-2 flying jacket name to C-46 pilot Second Lieutenant Nicholas Samuel Chritopulos. Manufactured by Aero Leather in size 36 this wonderful jacket features fantastic original multi-layer leather patches including the 13th Combat Cargo Squadron patch to the chest, name tag with multi-lingual translation in gilt lettering, China-Burma-India CBI patch and Allied Air Force Patch. Interior line bear laundry stamp C-9095. Functional zipper and supple leather.

Lieutenant Christopolus entered service with the US Army Air Force in December of 1942 and began flight school in June of 1943. After training and receiving his wings in 1944, he was assigned as a pilot to the 13th combat cargo squadron within the China, Burma, India theater.

Imphal, The Hump and Beyond
4th Combat Cargo Group, 13th Combat Cargo Squadron
C-46A-50-CU, 42-101186,  2nd Lt. Nicholas S. Christopulos 0779095 Co-Pilot

Lineage:  Constituted 13th Combat Cargo Squadron on 9 June 1944. Activated on 13 June 1944. Inactivated on 29 December 1945. Disbanded on 8 October 1948.

Assignments:  4th Combat Cargo Group 13 June 1944-29 Dec 1945.

Stations:  Syracuse AAB, NY, 13 June 1944; Bowman Field, Ky, 16 August-6 November 1944; Sylhet, India, 28 November 1944·; Agartala, India, 2 January 1945; Chittagong, India, 31 January 1945; Namponmao, Burma, to June 1945; Ondal, India, November-29 December 1945.

Aircraft:  C-47, 1944; C-46 1944 - 1945.

Operations:  Aerial transportation from India to Burma, 4 December 1944-June 1945, and subsequently from Burma to China.

Service Streamers:  None.

Campaigns:  India-Burma, Central Burma; China Offensive.
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