WWII 8th US Army Air Force British Made Ike Jacket
WWII British Made US Army Air Force Ike jacket. The Ike Jacket is a British tailor made with red lining, typical of fighter pilots with several kills. Bullion british made 8th Air Force shoulder patch. Bullion pilot wings with blue backing identifying Air Forces personnel outside continental United States who were currently assigned to combat flight duty in a combat area. Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars and WWII Victory Medal ribbons. Presidential Unit Citation ribbon above right pocket, earned during summer 1944. Bullion Major ranks on shoulders. Small repair on right sleeve's back. USAAF officers collar insignias with early fasteners. Hat, sunglasses, shirt and tie aren't included but can be purchased separtely.
Dimensions taken with jacket closed, laying flat: Shoulders 46 cm / Chest 56 cm / Sleeves 63 / Length 55 cm
Named grouping including Tunic, 50 missions crusher hat, documents and personal belongings named to Captain Chaplain John F Schilling, 445th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Tunic dated 1942, made by "Maurice L. Rothschild". Named on regulation label. British made 8th Air Force shoulder patch. Cotton Army Air Force US made patch. WWII Victory Medal and EAME (Europe Afrique Middle-East) with four battle stars. Service strips on left sleeve. Rare sterling "U.S" and Chaplain cross with matching sterling clutches. Sterling Captain ranks. Fully originally fitted and superb cut. Also included the LEWIS crusher hat with flexible visor and frame. Several documents as the daily newspaper issued during the crossing from USA to England , 27th July 1944 bombing mission take-off plan and secret radio call-signs, leaflet about the driving code in UK, messing tickets and British transport fare tickets.
Also included some personal belongings as two rosaries, purple silk stole, exquisite trench-art lighter made from a 1938 Penny, two patches including one British Made AF patch, Chaplain lapel cross with early clutches, EAME ribbon (awarded before theth battle star). Great grouping.