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1930's Lieutenant aviator Class A jacket ID'd to KIA pilot


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I acquired this recently, thinking it had no identification. I thoroughly was looking through the jacket for any form of ID and my heart stopped when I saw the name in the sleeve, Lt. H.P. Bacot. I punched his name into google and almost immediately found him on find a grave. He died in the summer of 1941 when his Douglas A-20A crashed following an engine fire. Only one of the crew survived.

 

I don't think it is all that common to find uniforms with the pinwheel on the sleeve, much less to a pre-war casualty.

 

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70657027

 

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Very nice coat indeed, and as you say original "Pinwheel" patched uniforms are not easy to find.

 

Matt.

Collecting WWII and pre-war Air Corps items-Unit Histories,Uniforms,Medals and Groupings.

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A great looking uniform!

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A 1941-model coat that sadly wasn't worn very long. I really like seeing stuff with the GHQAF patch, the core and foundation of the vast wartime AAF. It's great to see such a "stock" pre-war Air Corps uniform, thanks for posting.

 

Justin B.

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