Original U.S. WWII Named US Navy Bomber Squadron G-1 Leather Flying Jacket Featuring Bugs Bunny Squadron Artwork - P.N. Dobson USNR

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The "G-1" military flight jacket is the commonly accepted name for the fur-lined-collar World War II-era leather flight jacket of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. A similar jacket used by the United States Army Air Corps/United States Army Air Forces was usually called the A-2 jacket.

The G-1 remains a current uniform-issue item in naval aviation for officer and enlisted aviation personnel on flying status in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard and was featured as the leather flight jacket worn by Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun.

This G-1 Jacket was worn by P.N. DODSON, a Pilot with the United States Navy Reserve. Unfortunately we have not been able to locate any service information on Dobson, making for a wonderful research opportunity. The jacket is well worn without any extensive damage to the exterior, however the lining on the interior does have extensive tearing to the liner with quite a bit of detach. The leather is somewhat stiff but not brittle, the knit cuffs and waistband are original to the jacket and do not appear to be replacements. The zipper appears to be original to the jacket as well. The lining does retain the original tag, but it is too difficult to read.

The front left features a lovely leather name tag that identifies the jacket having belonged to P.N. DOBSON / USNR. The right side of the jacket has an incredible painted squadron insignia which appears to be Bugs Bunny flying a Corsair away from a plume of smoke that looks like a large explosion. The colors are still present but there is fading and cracking present. We have not been able to determine which squadron this insignia belonged to due to how much this similar type of imagery was used.

Bugs Bunny played a huge role during WWII. He was a symbol in many Anti-Axis films, cartoons and posters. He was even used for imagery promoting various bond drives and in this case squadron insignia. The list of squadrons that used Bugs Bunny as their mascot is extensive but with proper channels one might be able to identify the squadron on this example.

This wonderful jacket comes more than ready for further research and display.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 10.5"
Shoulder to sleeve: 28”
Shoulder to shoulder: 17.5”
Chest width: 21"
Waist width: 20.5"
Hip width: 18”
Front length: 29"

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