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WWII US NAVY FLIGHT JACKETS M-422, M-422A , M-421A , M-445A , AN-J-3A , AN-6552

Started by KASTAUFFER , Feb 05 2008 07:17 PM

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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:17 PM

I saw a thread that was devoted to the US Army Flight Jackets of WWII, and thought we could use one devoted to USN/USMC jackets as well. I am going to start this thread off with examples of the M-422A.

The M-422A is the most recognized flight jacket that the US Navy used during WWII . In 1948 , the name of the jacket was renamed the G-1 which it is known as today.

There were a number of different manufacturers of these jackets during WWII, and each have slight differences.

The 1st jacket pictured is an M-422A made by H&L Block . Note the Yellow USN on the back of the collar and the maroon lining. This jacket features a steel Talon zipper . Note the texture and weave on the waistband .

WWII M-422A jackets do not have USN pierced into the flap under the zipper like G-1 jackets do.

It is difficult to find WWII vintage jackets with anything other than a nametag.

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#2 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:17 PM

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:18 PM

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:22 PM

This second example is an M-422A made by Willis & Geiger Inc . This example had USN stencilled in black on the back of the collar , but it is almost worn off . Note the color of the lining . It is more subdued than the H&L Block version . It also features a steel Talon zipper . Also note the nametag on this jacket is black rather than brown .


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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:25 PM

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:27 PM

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Here is an original cuff on this jacket for reference .


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Posted 05 February 2008 - 08:04 PM

Here is an M-421A made by H&L Block . It is the cloth version of the M-422A . You see this jacket in 2, 3, and sometimes a 4 pocket version .


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Posted 05 February 2008 - 08:04 PM

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The patch is a shipboard made example on canvas .

Kurt

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:54 AM

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Kurt,

I have one that is the same with a patch for H&MS 31....mfg by Cagleco Sportswear, zipper is marked Conmar.

I "found" this in 1979.

Bill

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:51 PM

Great Jacket Kurt:) I wish to have one m422a Jacket...
I have in my collection a m421a and an-j2 (this is version with 4 pockets) but without any leather tag:(
also you m421 with VF-3 patch is great! Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,
Jerry K.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 10:33 PM

Here is a new addition to the collection to add to the thread.

This is an AN-6552 made by Bogen and Tennenbaum in size 36 . The contract is N288S 24331 ( that would date this jacket to @ June 1944 ) . This is a scarce jacket! I still have to do some research on the owner.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:08 AM

Here is my contribution. M-422A worn by Harry Dees from Terre Haute, Indiana. BTW, his items were split up at the estate sale and I have seen a few show up on EBay. If you have any items, from Dees, Please let me know. At least I would like to get photos of his items.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 07:59 AM

Here is my contribution. M-422A worn by Harry Dees from Terre Haute, Indiana. BTW, his items were split up at the estate sale and I have seen a few show up on EBay. If you have any items, from Dees, Please let me know. At least I would like to get photos of his items.

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Hi Erick

Nice jacket! I believe this is an M-445A . Hard to find in decent condition.

Kurt

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:09 PM

GOOD EYE! That's what I get for posting too fast!!! I hadn't looked at the jacket for quite awhile and shot from the hip. Which reminds me, is there a good USN aviation reference book out there? I need the USN/USMC version of "More Silver Wings, Pinks and Greens"!

Actually it is the M-444, which as I understand it, was the replacement to the M-445. Here is the jacket's tag:

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And a closer look at the name:

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Hi Erick

Nice jacket! I believe this is an M-445A . Hard to find in decent condition.

Kurt



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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:42 PM

Dees earned a DFC during WWII , Service # 0-10570

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 05:45 PM

Thanks Kurt. I did receive his records from NPRC although they are a bit jumbled. The last entry for an award is dated 1955, however both his obit and the reconstructed record shows survice in Vietnam. He retired in 1964. During WWII He flew with VMJ-253, VMJ-953 and VMD-154.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:59 PM

Kurt,

I have one that is the same with a patch for H&MS 31....mfg by Cagleco Sportswear, zipper is marked Conmar.

I "found" this in 1979.

Bill



Cagleco was a post war manufacturer. THey made G-1s and nor M422A's.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 06:38 AM

Some very nice jackets Kurt. I love the 421 with the Tomcat patch, very nice!!

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:48 PM

Some Navy Jackets that I own:


H&L Block M-422A

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r202/bazelot/LittleLussinou054.jpg

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M445A H&L Block

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r202/bazelot/M-445AHLB022.jpg

Mint M445 Monarch

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r202/bazelot/Mint445028.jpg

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:51 PM

Willis & Geiger AN 6552 depot rebuilt
This one was reconditioned at the Navy depot sometimes during the war. The weird thing is that the sleeves were lengthened during the reconditioning.

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Edmund Church M-422A

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r202/bazelot/M422A003.jpg

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Edited by bazelot, 20 July 2008 - 08:55 PM.



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