WWII US 9th Air Force P-47 Fighter Pilot Tunic Jacket
WWII US Officers service jacket. 9th Army Air Force issued. US tailor made, dated January 1944. Named to 405th Fighter Squadron P-47 fighter pilot Robert E. Lambert. British made embroidered cotton on wool 9th Air Force shoulder patch. Sterling pilot wings. Air Medal medal ribbon bars. 1 year bullion service strips on left cuff. US and Army Air Force collar insignias set. Outstanding cut and quality. Robert E. Lambert was born in Hill, N.H. on January 25, 1922. He graduated from Lowell High School – where he played football with Jack Kerouac – and St John’s Prep. He attended the College of the Holy Cross (Class of 1948) on a football scholarship. In 1943, he interrupted his studies to serve in the Army Air Force with the 405th Fighter Squadron in the European Theatre during World War II. Cap, sunglasses, tie and shirt aren't included.
The 405th Fighter Squadron was activated at Richmond Army Air Base, VA in the summer of 1943 as one of the three original squadrons of the 371st Fighter Group with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts. Upon arriving in England on spring 1944, the squadron became an element of Ninth Air Force at Bisterne Close. On D-Day the 405th patrolled the beachhead, attacking railroads, trains, vehicles, gun emplacements and other targets. Soon after the invasion, the squadron moved to France and participated in the air interdiction that preceded the Allied breakout at St Lô in late July and supported the following drive across northern France, it continued to operate in northeastern France and southwestern Germany through the winter of 1945. In December 1944 it provided close air support for ground forces engaged in the Battle of the Bulge. The squadron was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for its attacks between 15 and 21 March 1945 and continued combat operations until the Surrender of Germany in May. The squadron remained with the occupation forces in Germany and Austria until October 1945 when it returned to the United States and was inactivated.
Shoulders: 49 cm / Chest: 53 cm / Sleeves: 66 cm / Length: 80 cm.
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