Original U.S. WWII 33d Fighter Group Mil-o-Mine DFC Named A-2 Flight Jacket

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an exceptional A2 leather flight jacket issued to Lieutenant Roy Lewis who was a pilot in the 33rd Fighter Group during WW2. This grouping also includes his engraved Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for 30 missions flown in the ETO as well as an original period photograph which shows him wearing this very jacket! Additionally Lt. Lewis remained in the service for occupation duty in Germany during the 1950s, so this set also includes a photograph and some of his medals and ribbons from that time.

The 33rd Fighter Group was one of the more widely traveled American Fighter Groups of the Second World War, taking part in Operation Torch, the Tunisian campaign, the attack on Pantelleria, the invasions of Sicily and Italy and the Anzio campaign before being transferred to the Far East, fighting in China and Burma.

The group was constituted on 20 November 1940 and activated in January 1941. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor it became part of the defence forces allocated to the east coast. During 1942 it became one of the units allocated to Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa, taking part in the initial landings on 8 November 1942. The group remained in North Africa until June 1943, taking part in the Tunisian campaign. During this period it used its P-40s for ground attack and close support missions.

The 33rd Fighter Group took part in the Allied attack on the much-vaunted Italian fortress island of Pantelleria, moving to the island after the garrison surrendered. It then took part in the invasion of Sicily, the Allied landings at Salerno and the fighting over Anzio.

In February 1944 the group was moved to India. Its P-40s were replaced with a mix of P-38 Lightnings and P-47 Thunderbolts before it moved to China to became part of the Fourteenth Air Force in April 1944. There it performed as a more traditional fighter-interceptor unit, operating against Japanese attacks, before returning to India in September 1944.

From then until the end of the war it formed part of the 10th Air Force. This time it returned to its original ground attack role, supporting the campaign of Burma. The unit returned to the United States in November 1945 and was inactivated in the following month.

Overall condition of the jacket is excellent and it is in a large size 38. The leather is still supple, each shoulder has leather Lieutenant bars. The lining is original as are the cuffs. The waist band is a period replacement. Both show minor wear and deterioration. The zipper is marked on the slider and pull with TALON, a known maker of quality zippers.
The original data label is missing.

The most notable aspect of this jacket is the exceptional hand painted artwork. The left front chest bears painted silver wins with ROY underneath, above this is an embossed leather name tag that reads ROY LEWIS. The right side bears a 33 with bomb over a swas, the paint is faded in this area.

The reverse of the jacket features incredible hand painted art work that reads MIL-O-MINE over a Lockheed P-38 Lightning under which it reads BINGHAMTON, N.Y. U.S.A.

Also included with this jacket are the following items:
- Engraved Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) which reads on the reverse:

- Air Medal in Case

- WWII Victory Medal

- American Campaign Medal

- Post War National Defense Medal

- Medal Ribbon Bar which shows 4 oak level for his Air Medal as well as post war occupation medals .

- Seven Original photographs on period photo paper. Once shows LEWIS wearing this very jacket!!!!

- Reliance Emergency Parachute certification card named to Roy Lewis date 8/12/1943.

- Silk Parachute scarf named to ROY.

- Ink stamps one with a tag that reads; 1 NOV 1945, LAST DAY IN CBI

This is an exceptional A-2 jacket grouping that is sure to be a focal point of any WWII collection!
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