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WWII US Army Air Corps 34th Bomb Group A-2 Patched Flight Jacket
Item #: VF4953
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WWII US Army Air Corps A-2 flight jacket of the 34th Bomb Group of the 18th Bomber Squadron of the 8th Air Force. Jacket is still in excellent condition still retaining the original cuffs and waistband with minor wear. Original contract label is present and made by Bronco size tag of 38. Jacket is patched having squadron insignia in Chenille to the front of the 34th Bomb Group of the 18th Bomber Squadron. Jacket is in excellent condition with it's original fully functioning Talon Zipper.
Constituted as 34th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Using B-17’s, trained and participated in maneuvers until Dec 1041. Flew Patrol missions along the east coast after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Later became part of the defense force for the west coast. Served as a replacement training unit from mid-1942 until the end of 1943, and then began preparing for overseas duty with B-24’s. Moved to England in Apr 1944 for operations with Eighth AF. Entered combat in May 1944. Helped to prepare for the invasion of Normandy by bombing airfields in France and Germany, and supported the landing in Jun by attacking coastal defenses and communications. Continued to take part in the campaign in France by supporting ground forces at St Lo, 24-25 Jul, and by striking V-weapon sites, gun emplacements, and supply lines throughout the summer of 1944. Converted to B-17’s and engaged primarily in bombardment of strategic objectives from Oct 1944 to Feb 1945. Targets included marshalling yards in Ludwigshaven, Hamm, Osnabruck, and Darmstadt ; oil centers in Bielefeld, Merseburg, Hamburg, and Misburg; factories in Berlin, Dalteln, and Hannover; and airfields in Munster, Neumunster, and Frankfurt. During this period the group also supported ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945. In Mar 1945, with few industrial targets remaining and with Allied armies advancing across Germany, the 34th turned almost solely to interdicting enemy communications and supporting Allied ground forces. After V-E Day it carried food to flooded areas of Holland and transported prisoners of war from German camps to Allied centers. Returned to the US in the summer of 1945. Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945.
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
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