Original USMC WWII 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Air Crew Uniform Set

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Set Available. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was commissioned on November 10, 1942, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina with a personnel roster of 13 officers, 25 enlisted men and one aircraft.

The Wing's combat history began with the World War II deployment of a bomber squadron on December 3, 1943. A little more than a year later, the Wing deployed a night fighter squadron in support of the war effort.

In early April 1944, the wing turned over its training duties and assigned units to the 9th Marine Aircraft Wing and on April 21, 1944 boarded three carriers for a voyage to Hawaii and arrived May 8, where it assumed the functions of Marine Air, Hawaii Area (MAHA).

When the Japanese surrendered, 3rd MAW was decommissioned on December 31, 1945 at Marine Corps Air Station Ewa and its personnel were assigned to other units. The Wing also played an important, but behind-the-scenes, role during the war by training Marine pilots and support personnel for combat duty overseas.

This excellent condition set consists of the following:

• Service "A" uniform, also known as the "pickle Suit.
• Correct EGA collar pins and USMC buttons.
• The ribbon bars include the following awards:
• Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal Ribbon with three Bronze Stars
• American Campaign Medal Ribbon
• World War II Victory Medal Ribbon
• Extremely rare sterling silver USMC Combat Aircrew Badge. The Marine Combat Aircrew Badge can be issued to service members of both the Marine Corps and United States Navy (while serving in a Marine Corps aviation squadron).
• Sergeant chevrons on both sleeves (3 stripes)
• ruptured duck
• 3rd MAW insignia patch on right shoulder
• Service A wool trousers.
• Service A wool overcoat.

This is an exceptionally rare set of a true combat veteran of the WW2 pacific campaign against the Japanese decorated with three combat stars and the combat air crew wings to prove it. You won’t see anything like this again soon!

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