Original U.S. WWII Enlisted Naval Aviator Dress Blue Service Uniform Jumper

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Original Item: Only One available. This is a WW2 issue Enlisted Naval Aviator Dress Blue Service Uniform jumper with bullion embroidered Naval Aviator Chevron sleeve insignia patch, Naval Aviator Gold Wash Wing badge manufactured by Balfour and a bullion embroidered shield patch to right sleeve cuff. Offered in excellent condition in approximate size 36 US.

The Dress Blue Service Uniform was a woolen uniform worn by enlisted Men for dress wear. The pieces included a jumper, neckerchief, and trousers. The jumper had finished cuffs with white piping as well as a back flap that had the same white piping along its border. These features set it apart from the blue undress jumper. The blue trousers had the traditional 13-button broadfall front opening, a lace up back to adjust for size, and distinctive flared bottoms.

During World War II, with the rise of the Army Air Forces, a second series of aviator badges were issued to include a design that has survived to the modern day. The Pilot Badge was issued in three degrees, including Pilot, Senior Pilot, and Command Pilot. A polished silver colored version of these badges is currently used as the United States Air Force Pilot Badges.

From August 1941 to November 1942, the Enlisted Aviator program was restarted. Candidates had to be at least 18, possess a high school diploma, and have graduated at the top of their high school class. Graduates were rated as Flight Staff Sergeants or Flight Technical Sergeants and wore the same pilot's wings as officers. They were usually assigned to pilots of transport and auxiliary aircraft to free officer pilots to pilot the more prestigious fighters and bombers. Auxiliary pilots received their own special wings to indicate their status and specialty. In November 1942 all enlisted pilots were promoted to Flight Officer rank and enlisted cadets were graded as Flight Officers or Second Lieutenants depending on merit.
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