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731st Bomb Squadron, 452nd Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Force Jacket

731st Bomb Squadron, 452nd Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Force Jacket

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A nice accessory when driving your Willys MB Ford GPW Army Jeep or other military vehicle

Leather WWII AAF Bomb Squadron
Nose Art Decorated Flying Jacket

731st Bomb Squadron, 452nd Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Force

452nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)
The 452 Bombardment Group (Heavy) was established on 14 May 1943 and activated on 1 Jun 1943 at Geiger Field, Washington.

Activated 1 June 1943 Unit was transferred to Rapid City AAB, South Dakota on 15 June 1943 and trained there until early October 1943. It had been redesignated as 452 Bombardment Group, Heavy on 20 August 1943. The unit was moved to Pendleton Field Oregon on 11 October 1943 and to Walla Wallla AAFd Washington on the 4th of November 1943.

Ground unit left for Camp Shanks New York on the 23rd of December 1943 and sailed on the Queen Elizabeth on the 2nd of January 1944, and arrived in Clyde on the 8th of January 1944. The air echelon began overseas movement in early December 1943 via the southern ferry route. Most of the aircraft reached England a few days before the ground units arrived. The 452d was assigned to the 45th Combat Bombardment Wing, and the group tail code was a "Square-L".

RAF Deopham Green airfield was opened on 3 January 1944 and was used by the United States Army Air Force Eighth Air Force 452d Bombardment Group (Heavy), which arrived at Deopham Green from Walla Walla AAF Washington. The 452d was assigned to the 45th Combat Bombardment Wing, and the group tail code was a "Square-L". Its operational squadrons were:

    * 728th Bomb Squadron (9Z)
    * 729th Bomb Squadron (M3)
    * 730th Bomb Squadron (6K)
    * 731st Bomb Squadron (7D)

The group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses as part of the Eighth Air Force's strategic bombing campaign.

The 452d BG entered combat on 5 February 1944 with an attack against aircraft assembly plants at Brunswick. Throughout combat, engaged primarily in bombardment of strategic targets, including marshalling yards at Frankfurt, aircraft assembly plants at Regensburg, aircraft component works at Kassel, the ball-bearing industry at Schweinfurt, a synthetic rubber plant at Hanover, and oil installations at Bohlen.

First Lieutenant Donald Gott and Second Lieutenant William E Metzger Jr were each awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for remaining with their aircraft crippled during a mission over Germany on 9 November 1944. Lieutenant Gott was at the controls of a B-17 when it was hit by anti-aircraft fire, three engines being immobilised, a fire starting in the cockpit and with the radio operator and engineer being seriously wounded. Although faced with the imminent explosion of his bomb-laden aircraft, Lieutenant Gott, after conferring with his co-pilot, Lieutenant Metzger, decided to continue to the target. Then, after dropping their bombs, Lieutenant Gott made for the Allied lines to attempt to put the crippled Fortress down to save the life of the radio operator who had by now lost consciousness. Although ordered to bail out with the rest of the crew, the co-pilot chose to remain with Lieutenant Gott but, as he prepared to let down into a field the B-17 exploded killing all three crew members.

In addition to strategic missions, the 452d supported ground forces and carried out interdictory operations. They helped prepare for the invasion of Normandy by hitting airfields, V-weapon sites, bridges, and other objectives in France. The group struck coastal defenses on D-Day, 6 June 1944, and bombed enemy positions in support of the breakthrough at St Lo in July and the offensive against Brest in August and September 1944. Later in September, it assisted the Operation Market-Garden (the airborne attack on Holland), hit enemy communications in and near the combat zone during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945, and bombed an airfield in support of the airborne assault across the Rhine in March 1945.

The group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for action on 7 April 1945 when, despite vigorous fighter attacks and heavy flak, it accurately bombed a jet-fighter base at Kaltenkirchen. The 452d Bomb Group flew its last combat mission of World War II [in Europe] on 21 April, striking marshalling yards at Ingolstadt.

The group flew a total of 250 missions from Deopham Green during the war, losing 110 of its bombers in the course of these operations. Indeed, the group suffered particularly heavy losses during the spring of 1944, at that time sustaining one of the highest rates of loss of any Fortress equipped unit in the Eighth Air Force. The 452d returned to the United States, being inactivated at Sioux Falls AAF South Dakota on 28 August 1945.

Redeployed to the US June/August 1945. The air echelon departed the United Kingdom late June 1945. Ground echelon sailed on the Queen Elizabeth from Greenock on the 5th of August 1945, and arrived in New York on the 11th of August 1945. The unit established at Sioux Falls AAFd, South Dakota where the Group was inactivated on the 28th of August 1945. - from wikipedia

Aircraft operated
    * B-17, 1943-1945

    * II Bomber Command, 1 Jun 1943
    * Second Air Force, 6 Oct 1943
    * Eighth Air Force, c. 8 Jan 1944
    * VIII Bomber Command, Jan 1944
    * 3d Bombardment Division, Jan 1944
    * 45th Combat Bombardment Wing, Jan 1944
    * 20th Bombardment Wing, 18 Jun 1945
    * Second Air Force, c. 12-18 Aug 1945

    * Geiger Field, Washington, 1 Jun 1943
    * Rapid City Army Air Base, South Dakota, c. 13 Jun 1943
    * Pendleton Field, Oregon, 10 Oct 1943
    * Walla Walla Army Air Base, Washington, c. 4 Nov-Dec 1943
    * RAF Deopham Green (USAAF Station 142), England, c. 8 Jan 1944-6 Aug 1945
    * Sioux Falls Army Air Field, South Dakota, c. 12-28 Aug 1945
    * Long Beach AAFld (later, Long Beach Muni Aprt), California, 19 Apr 1947

Component units
    * 728th Bombardment Squadron (9Z) : 1 Jun 1943-28 Aug 1945;
    * 729th Bombardment Squadron (M3) : 1 Jun 1943-28 Aug 1945; 
    * 730th Bombardment Squadron (6K) : 1 Jun 1943-28 Aug 1945; 
    * 731st Bombardment Squadron (7D): 1 Jun 1943-28 Aug 1945; 



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 Color: Chocolate  Brown
 Jacket Model Type:  A2 A-2 Private Purchase
 Branch: Army Air Force
 Unit: 731 BS, 452 BG, 8 AF
731st Bomb Squadron, 452nd Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Force
 Chest, 731st BS Eagle & Bomb 
Back = "8th AF" logo (winged 8th)
               32 bomb runs (bombs)
               3 kills - 2x "ME-109" + 1x "FW-190" - German
 Flaws: Leather & thread this old will always be dry & fragile. 
Leather reinforcement in collar area at two places. 
Leather splitting at collar. Sweat stained liner.
Old Original Paint dry and some checking/cracking visible.
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Circa 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945          Ford GPW and Willys MB - MB/GPW Military Jeeps 
Is Used take off - see photos.  Each jacket is unique.  See measurements chart for additional details on condition.
I am also going through several boxes of parts I had saved for my own jeep.  I find a few instances where I saved 2 of something, so I am selling off the spare. If I saved it for me, it had to be a good specimen.
ONE (1) Item of winners choice - Your choice of either #1 or #2 ...  (or 2 for 2x bid, etc).  These are very rare to find today.
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Will also look good in other Military Vehicles: Ford GPA, Chevy, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, International, IHS, White, Studebaker, Scout Car, 1/2 Track, 2 1/2ton, 3/4ton Truck, Weasel. And many others.

WWII ~ WW2 ~ World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam as well
The Leather Flight Jacket was used in the ETO, PTO, CBI, UK, Mediterranean, North Africa, Italian, Stateside, Aleutian, Australia, South American / Panama, Russian / Eastern Front. Used Globally in all theaters.
The Leather Flight Jacket was used by US Army, Army Air Force ( USAAF ), Navy, Marine Corps ( USMC version )
How did I get such great stuff?  I practiced the following;   I can always go earn more money next month, next year, etc., but I can't recreate a missed opportunity to buy a rare part.  There will always be mechanics, but there will not always be original parts available. It's that simple. If you see it, and you don't have one, buy it. Buy it before they are all gone, or the prices skyrocket. Example, a couple years ago my local body shop was charging $65/hr and I was selling rifle racks for $65. Today my body shop still charges $65/hr. But now rifle racks are selling for $200!   Where am I better off spending my money?  Which has the better return on my investment? When you run out of things to buy, that's when you should pay for labor/services, or better yet, fix it yourself.
For your research & reference.
1). This website details the history & differences between the AAF, USN, USMC Squadron Patches used on A2 and G1 Flight Jackets
2). "Looking Back at MV Surplus" - What the old sources of Surplus WWII Jeep Parts were like - (Where I got these parts years ago)
3). This website details the history & differences between the Bantam & Willys & Ford WWII 1/4 ton Jeeps & Trailers
Alternate Spellings:
jacket jackets coat coats A2 A-2 G1 G-1 M442 ANJ Leather goat skin goatskin horsehide horse hide wool Bomber Bomb bombing Fighter Fighting Flight Flying Unit SQ. SQD SQDrn Squadron Group Grp Gp Army Air Force AAF A.A.F. Airforce AF Navy USN U.S.N. USMC U.S.M.C. Marine Corps Marines 5th 8th 14th mission run PTO ETO Pacific Europe China Burma India CBI C.B.I. patch paint painted painting Art Artwork Insignia Logo
common mis-spellings:
Willies Wilys Willis, jep, jeeep, Reconnaissance Car, G-503 1/4 ton, G503 1/4ton, Bantam MA Trucks, Bantam T-3 Trailer, Willys MBT Trailers, Willys MB Ford GPW MB/GPW, A2, G1, A-2, G-1, M-442

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