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    Aeroleather B-3 Jacket from WWII ?

    Hello,
    from my girlfriends family comes this Aeroleather B-3 jacket, which her grandfather a german airforce pilot probably traded with an USAF pilot. Unluckily size 38 which is way to small for me. Can someone comment if the Prym zipper is original and with the manufacturers label is it possible to tell me the exact age of the jacket?
    Thanks a lot, more images on my website:



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    Manufacturer Label

    sorry i forgot to post the Label numbers/code:

    The Manufacturers Label says:

    Type: B-3
    DWG. NO. 33H5595
    C. ORDER NO. 42-22899-P
    Size 38

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    Very cool if you knew more details about the trade, that alone would make a good story. Zipper is replaced, maybe a buckle too.
    edit it looks like maybe just the zipper pull was replaced. would be nice to get the right pull and put it back on...
    "It is better to be down here, wishing you were up there, than up here wishing you were down there."

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    Phantomfixer, thanks for your knowledge and sharing it. I will try to digg deeper in that story and might as well find some photos in the family albums.

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    There are some here that will tell you when the jacket was made by contract number. hope they check in..thanks for posting a neat B3 and good luck witht he reasearch...BTW tried to get a military hop to Germany last week, no luck, got to to Spain instead...
    John
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    Your original Aero B-3 dates to early 1942. The waist belts appear to be from flying trousers braces. Originally this jacket would have had a Talon zipper fitted.
    Andrew

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    thanks andew for your input and knowledge!

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