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Original U.S. WWII Service Worn M1942 Paratrooper Jump Jacket without Reinforcements - Marked With Multiple Laundry Numbers

Regular price $1,395.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This Original M1942 Airborne Jump jacket in Olive Drab #3 offered in good, used condition. The coat consists of four front patch pockets with two button snaps on each top flap, with 2 rows on the pockets, to secure different sized items. The jacket also does have the dual-zippered knife pocket located on the upper lapel which was designed to contain a switchblade pocketknife, used to cut the parachute rigging if entangled, however, the main zipper is a replacement. The top two pockets were also angled inward to make items easier to retrieve with the opposite hand. This example does not have a flag patch or any other insignia.

The jacket is in good condition, with the expected stains and small pulls from service. There are a few repairs throughout and the entire zipper was replaced at one point. The entire left sleeve appears to be a replacement as well. The color is a bit faded, however it does not seem to have shown extensive field use. The original belt is not present.

Due to the somewhat fragile nature of the uniform, the M1942 pattern was often reinforced with thicker, tougher canvas on the elbows, crotch and knees. However, this example was never reinforced, indicating early issue. The M42 was worn by Paratroops assigned to Airborne units. The M42 was eventually phased out in favor of the M1943 Uniform which was a darker green, OD #7. Despite this, various individuals chose to keep their M42s in order to show their veteran status.

This is a wonderful example of a very hard to find early configuration jump jacket, in great shape.

Approximate Measurements
Collar to shoulder: 9.5"
Shoulder to sleeve: 23”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16.5”
Chest width: 19.5”
Waist width: 18"
Hip width: 22”
Front length: 31"

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