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#1 pacreamer

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 08:56 AM

I'm looking to get a flight jacket made up in honor of my Great Uncle James. He was a member of the 761 squadron, 460th BG (aircraft #42-51408) Dinah Might. 

 

He was shot down over Poland on the 9/13/44 mission, bombing Oswiecim, Poland - later a POW in Stalag 14. In my research, I found a webpage made by a surviving officer of the crew. If anyone is interested, the page is pretty informative regarding this specific incident. Apparently there is now a monument in Poland, honoring the American crew of this crash; of which my Uncle was a part of.

 

Anyway, back to my jacket questions. Since he was a nose gunner, I'm pretty sure he was a TSG. I know this information is easily obtained and I'm pretty sure I have it some where. 

 

Since he was an NCO? what type of flight jacket would he have worn? B-3?

 

Does anyone have an image of the 761 squadron? I'm really interested in finding a good image of the 761 squadron emblem! The 460th emblem is easily found.

 

What are your favorite makers? Eastman, Buzz Rickson, Good Wear??

 

Also, if anyone has any connections to 460th vets, I would love to reach out to them if possible.

 

 

A big thanks for all your help!

 

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#2 Broadsword_7

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 10:20 AM

Is this the emblem you need? 761 B.S.(H). It's a leather patch. I believe this is correct.

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#3 pacreamer

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:35 PM

Thanks for the reply.

 

That's the 460th Group emblem. It's pretty cool! 

 

I was just curious if there was a 761st Squadron emblem?

 

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 01:08 PM

Oops, is this it? Looks like it may be an unofficial version.

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#5 pacreamer

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 01:16 PM

That's probably it! I've never seen one before, so I really don't know. 

 

I'll have to try tracking them down to add to my collection. I think the 460th one would be easier to find. I wouldn't put an original on my jacket though. I'll apply a repro. 

 

Any ideas on the type of jacket I should be looking at?



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Posted 03 November 2019 - 02:44 PM

I can't comment on the other brands, but here is my Eastman/Roughwear A-2.

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 02:47 PM

One thing to remember, these jackets are not cut oversize like today's. They are pretty much "slim and trim" like they were back then.

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 02:51 PM

In the end, it's up to you, and whatever you can afford. The Eastman's are well made, and quite accurate. They are also expensive. I got mine slightly used so that helped. I have a Rickson B-15C (modified) that I like a lot also.

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 03:07 PM

Awesome. Yeah, they look great! I was eyeing Eastman stuff! The Real McCoys jackets are great too. 

 

Since he was an enlisted man, a TSG, they would have worn, say a B-3 jacket; as opposed to an a-2?? I'm just not sure what type of jacket he would have been issued?



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Posted 03 November 2019 - 03:35 PM

This a a beautiful B-3 from Real McCoys.

 

 

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 03:42 PM

I would say it would be a pretty safe bet to go with the B-3 Jacket for that time period. Good luck!



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Posted 04 November 2019 - 12:34 AM

761st Bombardment Squadron emblem , each "Squadron" had a Square patch w/Panther and the last digit of the Squadron on small tab they went "clock wise " around the square , …….

I can make you a leather patch of the Group & Squadron if interested …….

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 06:43 AM

Hi Johnny,

That would be great! Shoot me a PM.


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Posted 04 November 2019 - 08:13 AM

Eastman does great jackets imho
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Posted 04 November 2019 - 11:15 AM

Eastman does the best



#16 pacreamer

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 04:08 PM

I appreciate all the help!



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Posted 04 November 2019 - 06:32 PM

I appreciate all the help!

I sent you a "PM" about making the leather patches …….

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 08:27 PM

Jaket belonged to a pilot of the 760th Bomb Sq (H), 460th Bomb Gp. 

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 08:29 PM

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 08:31 PM

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 10:37 PM

I've been looking at his groups aircrew pictures an he probably was also issued an A2 jacket.



#22 pacreamer

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:45 AM

That jacket is absolutely jaw dropping!

I’ll check out some group photos. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do that.




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