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Joseph W. Gould was a member of the 321st Bombing Group, 12th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces and the 447th Squadron.
Joe is registered with the World War II Memorial. His most memorable mission was the one he didn't fly. He was told to stay behind by the Army Doctor after a physical checkup. The bombing mission participated in a bombing raid over Germany but failed to return. On the outside of the bomber jacket, you will see 65 bombs on the right side of the jacket. On the left side is the 447th squadron logo that they used. The 12th Air Force logo is on the left shoulder. On the back of the WWII bomber jacket, you can barely see the faint outline that appears to be a bomber plane.
Joseph was a small man so this is a smaller size leather bomber jacket. It doesn’t have a size label inside the jacket. The sleeve length is approximately 24 inches. There is a lot of wear and flaking of the leather around the collar and shoulder areas. The flaking is the leather tearing or pulling away from the base material. I don't see any holes or rips in the leather bomber jacket. Overall, the WW2 Bomber jacket is in good condition for its age and use. The leather is soft not hard and brittle. The inside lining and the brown material at the cuffs and waist band at the bottom of the bomber jacket have been replaced. It looks to have the original Conmar Zipper. I didn't try to zip up the jacket because the 1/8" lead end of the zipper is loose. There is not a name on the WW2 bomber jacket.
Included in this amazing piece of WWII history is a scrapbook which includes copies of a couple newspaper articles and a copy of Joe Gould's 65 flight log missions. Keep in mind, these logs and newspaper articles are copies and not originals. Also, included is a copy of Joseph’s Gould obituary and picture of his cemetery headstone. Additional information included is a log of information from warwingsart.com and a war diary from the Squadron Histories provided by the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA), Maxwell Air Force Base Alabama. At the end of each Squadron’s daily entry, the individuals cited in the entry are identified by full name, rank and duty, in alphabetical order. These documents reference Joseph Gould several times and the bombing missions in July, 1944 which correspond to the July bombing missions in his log. Finally, we have three patches from the US Army Air Forces and a pin that says U.S. and another pin which I believe is a Distinguished Flying Cross Lapel Pin.
Joe Gould passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at the age of 82 but his service and amazing story will continue to live on. He is buried at the Hershey Cemetery in Hershey, PA. Folks, this vintage war bomber jacket and the story behind it are an amazing piece of our history that survived the test of time due to a head cold by Joseph Gould. Don't let it get away. This is the real deal. Ships FedEX Insured with signature required.
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