Hello all. I'm sorry I found this topic so late, I can try to clear up any questions about the 11th AF uniform that I can. I suspect that the owner used the blue backed wings simply because they looked good. This uniform has all of the patches cross-stitched, the collar insignia are screw-back with a slight dome to them. The US disc still shows the marks where they were hit with a hammer to "dome" them. This was all done by hand and not produced this way. The buttons are Meyers Metal from NY, not British made. In general, I think the owner of this jacket just wanted to look good. After all Alaska was not known for being a shining star when it came to following regulations during WWII. If anyone has any more questions about this jacket, please feel free to ask.
Thanks for getting back on the coat, we see there is no ribbons, were there ribbons? strange they were removed before you aquired this coat giving that all the other pin on insignias are still present, especialy those nice DIs on the lower lapels.
The main reason why I ask this, is one of the plausible aforementioned ideas that this guy was previously in England, ie the 8th or 9th AF, sent home after doing his 25 misions or whatever, maybe even being badly wounded, sent on to Alaska after a spell (if Wounded, then fully recovered) and this would account for the Blue backing, him having earned the blue Backing as it were, and kept it on his uniforms, here we would be able to concretely see if an EAME ribbon with Campaign Stars was there among the ribbons in the rack, though in my estimation would still not explain why a 1st type Alaska Defense Command shoulder patch is worn as a combat patch rather than a 8th or 9th AF one.