Original U.S. WWII 7th Air Force A-2 Leather Flight Jacket - 819th Bomb Squadron, 30th Bomb Group - Named To E. C. Jackson
Original Item: One-of-a-Kind. This is an absolutely beautiful World War Two American painted A-2 flight jacket, named to E. C. Jackson. In researching Jackson, what we were able to uncover is that he served with the 7th Army Air Force, 30th Bomb Group, 819th Bomb Squadron. We have not been able to find much on Jackson, making this a prime candidate as a research project!
The A-2 jacket, which is in wonderful condition with fantastic embroidered insignia. The left chest features an incredible embroidered patch of a Bat flying over what appears to be flames. The colors are still very nice and easily discernible. Below this is a small leather name tag that faintly reads as E.C. JACKSON.
Jacket is in size US 42 and has retained mostly original components including original knit waist band and period replaced sleeve cuffs, something we often see replaced on A-2 jackets that saw extensive service. Also original is the TALON brand zipper which is still functional and also appears to be a period done replacement.
The interior lining does have extensive tearing and stitching loss present, so do handle it with care. The top rear back portion of the liner still retains the original tag which reads as:
DRAWING No. 30-1415
CONTRACT NO. 42-1401
ROUGH WEAR CLOTHING CO.
This is an incredible example of a hard to find painted A-2 jacket, offered in wonderful condition. Comes more than ready for further research and display.
The 819th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 30th Bombardment Group at Kahuku Army Air Field, Hawaii, where it was inactivated on 30 November 1945.
The squadron was first activated in January 1941 as the 39th Bombardment Squadron. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the squadron performed antisubmarine patrols off the Atlantic coast, and was renamed the 3d Antisubmarine Squadron in November 1942. Following the transfer of the antisubmarine mission to the Navy in 1943, the squadron returned to the bomber mission as the 819th Bombardment Squadron and saw combat in the Pacific Ocean Theater between July 1944 and February 1945.
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