Original U.S. WWII 54th Troop Carrier Squadron Named A-2 Flight Jacket

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. WW2 officer A-2 flight jacket for the 54th Troop Carrier Squadron, 315th Troop Carrier Group, 11th Air Force Patch in large size. Stenciled on the interior with name and serial number as follows:

AF 24584096
59th. WRS.... APG

Manufactured by Bronco Manufacturing and offered in good condition.

Most notable feature is a hand painted insignia to the left chest for 54th Troop Carrier Squadron EAGER BEAVER that depicts a beaver carrying soldiers on his back.

Jacket shows some signs of age, wear and use but all leather remains solid, soft and supple with no signs of any sort of leather conditioner or “preservative” having ever been applied. We rate the jacket as being in good but worn condition.

Jacket maintains the original zipper but the zipper is broken.. Collar maintains the hook and loop fasteners and buttons, undamaged and functioning properly. The front pockets show no damage and the buttons function properly, but do show a bit of verdigris that should easily clean away. Jacket is missing cuffs but waistband is present though worn. remain in very solid condition but do show a few snags, small holes and some repairs.

Liner maintains it’s embroidered contract tag that identifies this jacket as one of the 59,000 ordered from bronco manufacturing company in may 1942 as part of contract number w535ac 29191. Tag remains in solid condition and as firmly applied to the jacket as the day it was sewn on. All information remains very clear and very easy to read.

A wonderful history of the 54thTroop Carrier squadron can be found at this link.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to sleeve: 23”
Shoulder to shoulder: 18”
Chest width: 19”
Waist width: 18”
Hip width: 15”    
Front length: 26”

Overall, this is truly a nice and scarce example of a WWII USAAF Troop Carrier issue A-2 jacket!

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