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Original U.S. WWII 8th Army Air Forces Custom Tailored Ike Jacket With English Made Insignia and Bullion Hand Embroidered Combat Air Crew Wings

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful custom tailored uniform set consisting of a tailored Class-A uniform coat. The uniform belonged to a US Army Air Corps Aircraft Combat Air Crewman. During World War II, numerous fleet requests occurred to recognize the work of the enlisted aircrew members flying in combat, the result was the creation of the Air Crew Insignia on 18 May 1943. While primarily an enlisted insignia, officers were eligible if they met the same criteria of Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) Circular Letter 90-43. The design was essentially the same as today's insignia except all pewter silver with no gold. A subsequent BUPERS Circular Letter 395-44 dated 30 Dec 1944, changed the design to the same as today with the modification of the gold center disc. In 1958, the insignia was redesignated the Combat Aircrew Insignia. In 1978, the Navy removed the insignia as authorized wear and then in 1994, the Marine Corps reestablished the insignia as it is known today as the Marine Combat Aircrew Badge. It is a decoration of the United States Marine Corps which is awarded to those enlisted personnel who have served as aircrew members on board combat flights.

The front left chest features a beautiful set of British made bullion crewman wings on a blue felt background. The wings are in fantastic condition with minimal tarnishing, honestly one of the best we have ever seen. Below the wings are two Wolf Brown type ribbons for the EAME (2 Stars) and the Air Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster). The left shoulder features an incredible embroidered 8th Air Forces patch on blue felt background, again one of the most beautiful we have seen.

The ike jacket itself is in wonderful condition and appears to have started its life off as a regular Class-A uniform coat, which was then tailored most likely in England but retained all buttons instead of utilizing a zipper like most we have seen that were converted.

An incredible example ready for further research and display.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to sleeve: 25”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16”
Chest width: 18"
Waist width: 16.5"
Hip width: 16.5”
Front length: 22.5"

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