Original U.S. WWII Named Bombardier 511th Bomb Squadron A-2 Flight Jacket - B-17 Temptation

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an exceptional A2 leather flight jacket issued to Second Lieutenant Vernon C. Beard (ASN O-746975) who was a Bombardier of the Boeing B-17 Temptation which was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 351st Bombardment Group, 511th Bomb Squadron.

Fantastic Russet brown leather Type A-2 flight jacket from World War II in size 40. Manufacturer tag inside neck reads:

DRAWING No30-415
AC CONTRACT No. W535ac28560

The jacket itself features hand-painted insignia including and 8th Air Force insignia on left shoulder and a 15th Air Force on Right shoulder. Leather Lieutenant bars on each epaulet and evidence of the hand-burned branded leather name tag which has been removed but the lasting impression read V.C. BEARD.

The reverse of the jacket bears a detailed and impressive hand-painted TEMPTATION in vintage font of blue and yellow above a very detailed B-17 Flying Fortress. Beneath the place are ENGLAND with 18 yellow bombs which indicate successful bombing missions, as Well as ITALY with another 19 yellow bombs.

The jacket is in fine, original condition, with functional TALON zipper to front, two front pouch pockets, and replacement period correct knitted waist with cuffs. The lining is original and Lt. Beard's Army Serial number "O-746975" is written on it in black ink.

Lt. Beard's complete England Mission list the with 351st Bomb Group, 511th Bombardment Squadron can be found on the 351st Bomb Group website at this link. Interesting 23 missions are listed however, 5 were scrubbed or abandoned due to weather leaving 18 successful which collaborates the amount of successfully mission yellow bombs are on the England portion of the A-2 jacket.

Lt. Beard can be found on the American Air Museum in Britain at this link.

The 511th Bomb Squadron was activated in late 1942 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomb squadron, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to England in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during April 1943, assigned to VIII Bomber Command as a strategic bombardment squadron. Participated in the air offensive over NSDAP Germany and Occupied Europe until German capitulation in May 1945.

This exceptional A-2 jacket is sure to be a focal point of any WWII collection!
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