488th Bomb Squadron M41 Jacket
Posted 12 August 2008 - 02:03 PM
Posted 12 August 2008 - 06:39 PM
The blue leather patch on the jacket was worn by 304th Bombardment Group, while it was assigned to Twelfth AF during WWII. The 334th Bombardment Squadron patch on the jacket is correctly identified. It was a training unit based in South Carolina; it never left the Z.I.
I don't know if the artwork on the back was painted in period but the artist got the tail marking correct: "8W" was a plane assigned to 488th BS while it was based on Corsica 1944/45.
Did you know that 488th BS was the Catch-22 squadron? Joseph Heller was assigned to the 44th and based the novel on his experiences in the unit. Here is a mission order that shows Heller assigned as bombardier of B-25 "8P" and his friend, Lt. Yohannan, the model for the main character "Yossarian," flying bombardier in B-25 "8U":
Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:15 PM
Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:43 PM
Correction: I carelessly misidentified two units in my earlier post (#6).
...The 334th Bombardment Squadron patch on the jacket is correctly identified....
...Joseph Heller was assigned to the 44th...
"334th Bombardment Squadron" should read "471st Bombardment Squadron"
"...Joseph Heller was assigned to the 44th..." should read "...assigned to the 488th..."
I regret the confusion.
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