Jacket, Leather, A-2, 1st Lt. M. Alkema, 492nd BS, 7th BG, 10th Air Force, CBI
Amazing and scarce genuine WWII USAAF A-2 leather jacket, which belonged to an American pilot who served in the China-Burma-India Theater.
In very good used condition, this great jacket shows a nice patina and retains most of its original insignias: 1st Lieutenant rank insignias on shoulders; flying badge, leather tag bearing the name of M. Alkema, and 492nd Bomb. Squadron patch on the left breast; the flag of the Republic of China and the 'Blood Chit' sewn on the back are made up of five separate pieces of dyed leather -- the message indicates that the jacket's wearer is a foreigner who helps in the Chinese war effort, and requires that both military and civilians shall protect and rescue him whenever needed.
Activated in 1942, the 492nd Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group, 10th Air Force, was soon deployed in the CBI Theater and entered combat in January 1943. Flying B-24 Liberators, the unit, among various missions, participated in decisive bombing raids over Burma and supplied gasoline to the 14th Air Force in China. They departed in December 1945.
Jacket is complete with its collar hook and all snap fasteners; rib knit cuffs show signs of wear; original Talon zipper in working order.
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