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31st Fighter Squadron, 37th Fighter Group, 6th Army Air Force - Caribbean Air Force Jacket

31st Fighter Squadron, 37th Fighter Group, 6th Army Air Force - Caribbean Air Force Jacket

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Dedicated to restoring WWII MB/GPW/GP 1941-1945 Willys/Ford/Bantam Jeeps and Trailers. Linked to WWII Squadron Patch Picture Gallery

What A Great Deal on a Rare piece of Militaria / Avaition memoribilia!

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

WWII AAF Fighter Squadron
Nose Art Decorated Flying Jacket



31st Fighter Squadron, 37th Fighter Group, 6th Army Air Force - Caribbean Air Force
ORIGINAL WWII JACKET - IT HAS BEEN IN MY PERSONAL COLLECTION FOR OVER 20 YEARS
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Lineage
    * Constituted 31st Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on December 22, 1939
    * Activated on February 1, 1940
    * Redesignated 31st Fighter Squadron on May 15, 1942
    * Inactivated on May 25, 1944
    * Activated on August 19, 1944
    * Inactivated on July 3, 1946 

Aircraft
    * P-26 Peashooter, 1940–1942
    * Curtiss P-40, 1941–1944
    * P-39 Airacobra, 1942–1944
    * A-25 Helldiver, 1944
    * P-38 Lightning, 1944
    * A-24 Banshee, 1944–1945
    * P-63 Kingcobra, 1944–1945
    * YP/P-59A Airacomet, 1944–1945
    * XP-80 Shooting Star, 1944–1945
    * P-51 Mustang, 1945–1946
    * P-80 Shooting Star, 1945–1946

Stations
    * Albrook Field, Canal Zone, February 1, 1940
    * Rio Hato AAB, Panama, October 5, 1940
    * Albrook Field, Canal Zone, November 13, 1940
    * La Chorrera AAF, Panama, December 9, 1941
    * Albrook Field, Canal Zone, December 23, 1941
    * La Chorrera AAF, Panama, February 3, 1942
    * Albrook Field, Canal Zone, May 19, 1942
    * Howard Field, Canal Zone, September 30, 1942 – March 25, 1944
    * Lincoln AAF, Nebraska, April 8 – May 25, 1944
    * Palmdale AAF, California, August 19, 1944
    * Santa Maria AAF, California, July 10, 1945
    * March Field, California, December 6, 1945 – July 3, 1946

Operations History
    * Air defense for the Panama Canal, 1940–1944; 
    * Fighter OTU for Second Air Force, 1944, 
    * Testing unit for P-59A and P-80 Jet Aircraft 1944–1946

 - from wikipedia

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Measurements 
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 (1) Chest Measurement:
22.5
inches
 (2) Shoulder Measurement:
19
inches
 (3) Length Measurement:
24.5
inches TO THE END OF THE WOOL
 (4) Arm Measurement:
24.5
inches TO THE END OF THE WOOL
 (5) Waist Measurement:
21
inches
 Tag Size or (best guess):
40
Tag - Territory of Hawaii 
 Material or (best guess): Cotton Poplin, Wool interior
 Color: Olive Drab Shell, OD wool liner, white cotton pocket tag
 Jacket Model Type: M-41 M41
 Branch: Army Air Force
 Unit: 31 FS, 37 FG, 6 AAF 
31st Fighter Squadron, 37th Fighter Group, 6th Army Air Force - Caribbean Air Force
 Patches:
YES
Front Chest = WOOL, embroidered 31st Fighter Sqdrn patch
Shoulder = 6th AAF unit shoulder patch
 Artwork:
YES
BACK = Large 31st Fighter Squadron Logo 
 Flaws: Fabric & thread this old will always be dry & fragile.
two tiny nips on one arm cuff
long storage in duffle bag caused very slight art transfer
Old Original Paint dry and some checking/cracking visible.
Re: MEASUREMENTS: The outer measurements are taken with the garment lying flat, please refer to diagram. 
These jackets are sold to be displayed, and not necessarily worn out in public.  If you plan on wearing it, you do so at your own risk. 
Please exercise greater care then you would for a newly made jacket. Please take your own measurements before bidding.
Additional Details

YEARS:
Circa 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945          Ford GPW and Willys MB - MB/GPW Military Jeeps 
CONDITION:
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.
QUANTITY:
ONE (1)  These are very rare to find today.
This is the last of my inventory of these, so bid accordingly - protect yourself from being out-bid! Get one before they're all gone.
MFG. By:
Unknown
Crossover:
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.

Wars:
WWII ~ WW2 ~ World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam as well
Theaters:
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.
Branches:
The Flight Jacket was used by US Army, Army Air Force ( USAAF ), Navy, Marine Corps ( USMC version )
Op/Ed:
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.
References:
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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