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Offered here is this genuine WWII A-2, made by Rough Wear Clothing contract 16159, the first of its 5 contracts. This is 1 survivor of 9,700 jackets made under this specific contract awarded in November 1940.
This jacket belonged to Major General Warner E. Newby. During WWII he was assigned to the 81st Bombardment Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group, as a B-25 pilot and was transferred to the Middle East with the group in July 1942, participating in campaigns in the Middle East and North Africa.
In October 1943 he returned to the United States, flying a German Junkers-88 from Cairo, Egypt to Wright Field, Ohio. He was assigned to the Flight Test Division as chief of the Bomber Flight Test Branch and later was chief of the Accelerated Service Test Branch, performing experimental and service test flights. By 1946, he had flown 96 different types of U.S. and foreign aircraft.
This jacket is in amazing condition considering it is around 80 years old. The leather is extremely supple and the poly-acrylate lacquer has started to flake off over the years developing an amazing patina, giving that “been there, done that” look.
The knits are original to the jacket.
The lining is in great shape and the original label was removed at some point but a perfect copy has been professionally reinstalled by the very same John Chapman.
Original M-39 Talon No. 5 zipper is working perfectly.
Upper left chest depicts a leather name tag strip, embossed “W. E. NEWBY”
Left chest depicts a beautiful 81st Bombardment Squadron patch.
Both epaulets depict the faded Lt. Col. rank insignia.
JACKETS FROM THIS CONTRACT, IN THIS CONDITION AND SIZE ARE REALLY HARD TO FIND NOWADAYS. THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THE REAL TO PIT: 23,5
BACK LENGHT: 25,75
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