Original U.S. WWII Named 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient Grouping Featuring China Order of the Cloud and Banner With Citation - Lieutenant Jack R. Echlin

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Grouping Available. This is a fantastic China, Burma, India Theater Pilot grouping for Lieutenant Jack R. Echlin, a pilot with the 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron who was not only awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross but the Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner! The squadron was originally activated by the Fourteenth Air Force at Kunming Airport, China to provide air transportation in that country. At the end of the war, it airlifted Chinese troops to bases in eastern China for disarmament operations.

The Items Featured In This Grouping:
- 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron A-2 Jacket Patch: The patch appears to be painted paper with a plastic screen that was stitched over it when sewn to the jacket. The image is iconic to the squadron and features 3 caricature images of stereotypical Chinese men carrying a suitcase with a winged image on it with the number 322 on it.

- 8” x 11” Silk Embroidered Blood Chit: The blood chit features only a Chinese flag with characters on the bottom stating the pilot is an American.

- 4” x 3” Photo: The photo is in great condition and is labeled on the back with “Jack Echlin Kunming 322 TCS 1944”.

- Name Engraved Air Medal With Cluster: Great condition and engraved on the reverse with LT. JACK R. ECHLIN.

- Name Engraved Distinguished Flying Cross in Presentation Case With Ribbon: All wonderful condition but the tab to retain the separate ribbon device is missing. The reverse is engraved with LT. JACK R. ECHLIN / AC. We have not been able to locate a citation for his award. The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The medal was established on July 2, 1926, and is currently awarded to any persons who, after April 6, 1917, distinguish themselves by single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. Both heroism and extraordinary achievement are entirely distinctive, involving operations that are not routine. The medal may be awarded to friendly foreign military members in ranks equivalent to U.S. Pay Grade of O-6 and below, in actual combat in support operations.

- Order of the Cloud and Banner 7th Grade With Matched Citation (Translated and Chinese): The Order of the Cloud and Banner also known as the Order of the Resplendent Banner is a military award of the Republic of China. It was instituted on June 15, 1935 and is awarded in nine grades for contributions to national security. The insignia of the order features a fluttering yellow flag, surrounded by white clouds on a blue field. This image is surrounded by golden rays.

The Citation Reads As Follows:



This is to certify that, in consideration of meritorious
services achieved in conformity with the conditions as laid down
in Article 6 of the “Regulations Governing Granting of
Decorations and Awards to Army, Navy, and Air Force
Personnel,” the National Government of the Republic of China
hereby awards

LT. JACK R. ECHLIN 0889946

The medal number on the certificate is 517 and matches the number stamped on the reverse of the medal.

- x2 CBI Shield Patches: The patches consist of a lovely embroidered example and bullion embroidered, both in fantastic condition.

- Misc Uniform Items With Pilot Wings: The items consist of a lovely Sterling marked set of wings, cuff buttons, ribbons, ribbons mounting bars lapel devices, (1) rank insignia and small winged prop device.

Lastly the group has included a beautiful Officer’s Class A uniform jacket. The jacket has a CBI patch on the left sleeve, 3 ribbon devices on the front (DFC, Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific), Pilot’s Wings, PUC, all buttons and collar devices with rank insignia. The crusher cap is in fair condition and shows extensive wear with mothing and tearing. .The overseas cap and the B-1 cap are in wonderful, serviceable condition.

A beautiful grouping that comes more than ready for further research and display.

Approximate Measurements:
Class A Jacket
Collar to shoulder: 9.5"
Shoulder to sleeve: 24.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16”
Chest width: 18”
Waist width: 16"
Hip width: 24”
Front length: 31"

Class A Shirt
Collar to shoulder: 9.5 "
Shoulder to sleeve: 21.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 17”
Chest width: 22”
Waist width: 18"
Hip width: 21”
Front length: 30"

Tan Jacket
Collar to shoulder: 9"
Shoulder to sleeve: 24”
Shoulder to shoulder: 17.5”
Chest width: 19.5”
Waist width: 16.5"
Hip width: 20.5”
Front length: 29.5"

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