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Original U.S. WWII Lieutenant Commander Named B-10 Flight Jacket - Size 40

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Purchased directly from Veteran Lt. Commander John Howard Moore's family this is his B-10 Flight Jacket which features his name embroidered in Arabic on a leather name patch. Lt Cmdr Moore served in Naval intelligence through WWII and and post war. The jacket is offered in very good condition and is Size 40. Also included are copies of his commissions first to Lieutenant in 1942 and then Lieutenant Commander in 1948. The Jacket was manufactured by Rough Wear Clothing Co and is a size 40. Lt Cmdr Moore's son Craig, from whom we purchased this jacket, wore it occasionally in college and his name tag is stitched over the lower portion of the original data label. Jacket is offered in excellent condition

The U. S. Army Air Force Type B-10 Intermediate Flight Jacket was developed as a replacement for both the leather A-2 and sheepskin B-6 Flight Jackets. The B-10 Flight Jacket was the first cloth-shelled, alpaca fur-lined flying jacket of the USAAF, being standardized for service in July 1943. However, actual combat issue did not take place until March 1944, with the 8th Air Force in England receiving an initial issue of B-10 Flight Jackets with the corresponding A-9 Trousers. By the spring of 1944, the B-10 Flight Jacket was appearing in much greater quantities, as evidenced by the many 8th and 9th Air Force aircrews outfitted in this jacket in time for the D-Day invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944.

The B-10 Flight Jackets were an instant success with just about every aviator who encountered one, being much lighter and more versatile than the jackets they replaced. Intended for wear in climates between 22 degrees and 52 degrees Fahrenheit, the B-10 Flight Jacket was ideally suited for early spring, late fall and winter. Fighter pilots took a particular shine to this slick new jacket style, as it afforded them far less bulk and considerably more comfort in their cramped cockpits. Popular as it was, the official lifespan of the B-10 Flight Jacket designation was, however, rather short, being superseded by the newer B-15 Flight Jacket specification in late 1944. Still, the B-10 Flight Jacket saw combat service right up until the end of WWII.
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