Original U.S. WWII Airborne Engineer Battalion Named Officer Class A Uniform Jacket - Dated 1943

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Original Item: Only one Available. The 9th Engineer Command constructed airfields in France and Germany after the Normandy invasion. The patch and red tab with white lettering was worn by the 876th, 877th and 878th airborne engineer battalions - although at the time the patch was not approved by the Quartermaster General. The patch, along with the red Airborne tab, was officially recognized at the end of the war. It was worn after the war on the right sleeve of those airborne engineers who remained in the service. The figure in the center of the red circle represents the design of three intersecting runways.

The 876th airborne engineers attached to the 9th Engineer Command carved out the first “hasty” airstrips for Allied forces on the European continent. The 877th built the first large airfields on the continent for use by B-26 bombers and Black Widow night fighters. The airborne engineers built an astounding 66 airfields in France and Germany before the war’s end. General Eisenhower called the airfields built by the Air Force 9th Engineer Command, “The Stepping Stones to Victory.”

his is an excellent condition Class A four pocket uniform jacket with 9th Engineer Command patch with Airborne Tab to left shoulder, medal ribbons, Lieutenant bars and more. Jacket is ink stamped to Omar K. Skiver with ASN O-686777, also features a tailors label and a June 1943 dated tag. A printed copy of Omar Kieth Skiver's draft registration card is also included.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 8 1/2"
Shoulder to Sleeve: 24 1/2"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18"
Chest width: 16 1/2"
Waist width: 16"
Hip width: 19"
Front length: 33"
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