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U.S.A.A.F. 8th /9th AAF Type B-14 Flight Jacket


Jacket, Enlisted Men\'s, Flight, Type B-14. By W & C Clothing Co. Size 36. Technically a flight jacket but essentially an \'Ike\' type jacket that preceeded the \'Ike\' and was unique to the AAF. Standardized for use by enlisted air crewmen in March 1944. Similar in appearance to an \'Ike\' and manufactured in OD wool (Shade No.54). It has concealed breast pockets (with exposed flaps) and midriff slash pockets. This example has superb English made 8th and 9th AAF shoulder patches that have been stitched in place with light padding to the rear. There is a Sterling marked clutch backed Airgunner wing, screw backed collar insignia, Staff Sgt. 3rd Grade stripes, 6 overseas stripes, 1 wound stripe, distinguished unit citation badge, ruptured duck discharge patch and ribbons for Army Good Conduct and ETO (4 stars - 2 missing!) medals. Fully labelled and AAF marked. Overall condition is very good although it is a bit faded and there are some small moth holes. These jackets are now extremely rare to find. Don\'t miss this super example. Stock code U15500.