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Original U.S. WWII Army Air Force 386th Bomb Squadron A-2 Flight Jacket

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Original Item: Only One Available. WW2 A-2 flight jacket for the 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force in size US 36. Offered in very good condition. The jacket has an original functional zipper, original liner and original knit cuffs and waistband. The leather is in very good supple condition and the original data tag is still intact. The most notable features is an embroidered circular 4 3/8" diameter embroidered 328th Bomb Squadron patch. This is a very nice unmolested A-2 flying jacket from a well know Bomb Squadron of the ETO!

Approximate Tunic Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to sleeve: 21"
Shoulder to shoulder: 16"
Chest width: 15"
Waist width: 17"
Hip width: 16"
Front length: 24 1/2"

The 328th Bombardment Squadron was established in early 1942 initially as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron, flying antisubmarine patrols. Later trained under Third Air Force in Florida. Completed training in late 1942; deployed to the European theater of operations as one of the initial heavy bomber squadrons assigned to VIII Bomber Command in England, September 1942.

Engaged in long-range strategic bombardment operations over Occupied Europe. Deployed to IX Bomber Command in Egypt in December 1942; operating from airfields in Libya and Tunisia. Raided enemy military and industrial targets in Italy and in the southern Balkans, including the NSDAP-controlled oilfields at Ploiești, Romania, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation for its gallantry in that raid. Also flew tactical bombing raids against Afrika Korps defensive positions in Tunisia; supporting British Eighth Army forces in their advance to Tunis, in September and October 1943.

Returned to England with disestablishment of IX Bomber Command in North Africa. From England, resumed long-range strategic bombardment raids on Occupied Europe and NSDAP Germany, attacking enemy military and industrial targets as part of the United States' air offensive. The squadron was one of the most highly decorated units in the Eighth Air Force, continuing offensive attacks until the German capitulation in May 1945.

Returned to the United States in June 1945; being remanned and re-equipped with Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers. Trained for deployment to the Central Pacific area to carry out very long range strategic bombing raids over Japan. Japanese capitulation in August canceled plans for deployment, instead became Continental Air Forces (later Strategic Air Command) B-29 squadron.
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