BK Willis and Geiger M422-an excellent jacket!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by aswatland, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. deCressy

    deCressy New in Town

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    Beautiful! Great jacket!
     
  2. kiltie

    kiltie Practically Family

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    Here is Tex Hill's jacket, just an hour away from my house at the Museum of the Pacific War.

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    I'm not expert, fer sher, but i was under the impression it was a G&F. Or so I was led to believe...

    EDIT - That reads kinda snooty, and it's not meant to be. Just honest curiosity.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2012
  3. too much coffee

    too much coffee Practically Family

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    Tex Hill was a real stud. Gotta love the full Colonel rank insignia.

    I spent time at Ft. Sam and never even made it over to the Museum of the Pacific War. Shame on me!

    Thanks for posting this kiltie!

    Regards,
    coffee


    EDIT: I just Googled the museum....it didn't open under its present guise until the year 2000; long after I left San Antonio.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2012
  4. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    Tex Hill was a great guy! I would run into him a lot at airshows when I was flying. You could spot him in his AVG Hawaiian shirt with a big smile. We miss him!
     
  5. bburtner@moran

    bburtner@moran Banned

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    Hill`s jacket has the stitch on the pocket,wouldn`t that be a Foster?
     
  6. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Tex Hill's jacket is certainly a G&F M422A. This was a 1943 fiscal year contract and would not have been the jacket he used when he was in the AVG.
     
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  7. bburtner@moran

    bburtner@moran Banned

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    Andrew,was G&F the only mfg who did the stitched pocket?I have an old navy jacket that has that type of stitched style on the pocket,it is a 55J14 I believe.thanks Brian
     
  8. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    This would most likely be the L.W. Foster Sportswear G-1 55J14 from 1948-9 as it was the only contract apart from G&F in the War to have the stitched pencil slot running right down the left pocket.
     
  9. bburtner@moran

    bburtner@moran Banned

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    Thanks Andrew.were they a decent contractor?
     
  10. Aerojoe

    Aerojoe Practically Family

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    I don't know what to think :confused: Collars in G-1s are most of the times smaller.

    Foster Sportswear and Ralph Edwards Sportswear are my favourite G-1 makers. I like a lot their J-7823 until "C" series.
     
  11. nkang

    nkang One of the Regulars

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    Would you recommend this BK W&G or BK G&F more? Thanks!
     

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