Flag on flight jacket---anyone clear this up for me?

Discussion in 'WWII' started by JumpBoot, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. Stand By

    Stand By One Too Many

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    You are quite correct:
    http://www.usflag.org/flagpatch.html
     
  2. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    By forward, do you mean, with the stripes at the front and the canton in the back like the photos you posted? To me, facing forward, means the canton is in the front, right on the right sleeve, left on the left sleeve. Thanks!
     
  3. I meant just as the examples in the photos I've posted. Stars on my left, stripes on my right when facing the flag patch, thus the flag (on the right sleeve) would be in a forward direction. Yet on the left sleeve it would be facing toward the rear, or opposite direction, although stars would still be on my left, stripes on my right when facing the patch. However, the flag upper sleeve patch seemed much more common on the wearer's right sleeve of WW2 A2s. During the '60s the flag sleeve patch appeared on the left sleeve more commonly on G1s.
    HD
     
  4. pilot error

    pilot error One of the Regulars

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    I wore that patch on the right shoulder of my Nomex flight suit in Nam


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  5. JumpBoot

    JumpBoot One of the Regulars

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    Pilot Error:

    That's outstanding, sir. What did you fly, if you don't mind me asking?
     
  6. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    Thanks, we were on the same page then!
     
  7. JumpBoot

    JumpBoot One of the Regulars

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    The jacket arrived today, and I absolutely love it. Though the collar stand takes some getting used to, since it's my first experience with one. For some reason, and maybe it's the cut of the jacket, it makes me look a bit oddly shaped when it's zipped. My stomach is pretty flat, but it looks less so when the jacket is closed.
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  8. rknight

    rknight New in Town

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    Great looking jacket! I think it's the cut of the jacket. From what I can tell it seems that you have a build pretty similar to mine, broader shoulders and upper torso compared to lower torso. I have the same problem with most A-2 jackets and don't tend to wear them because of it.

    Off the top of my head, I think I've seem more 15th AAF jackets with American flag patches than any other type. Maybe it was a local, Italian campaign thing?
     
  9. Phantomfixer

    Phantomfixer Practically Family

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    agreed on the 15th using the flag....maybe flying over Yugoslavia??? Downed flyers wanted to be sure to be known as US
     
  10. JumpBoot

    JumpBoot One of the Regulars

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    Thanks, Rknight! I notice that the collar stand takes some getting used to, and I'm unsure as to whether or not I'm a fan of it. I'm not sure about the Italian campaign, but it makes sense. I've heard that before, but it merits some looking into.
     
  11. rknight

    rknight New in Town

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    Here's a photo of a 15th AAF jacket with a painted flag in an unusual location. Yeah, a lot of people don't like the collar stands. My Aero 16160 has a collar stand and I'm used to it now. The ones with collar stands really emphasize how much the A-2 pattern is as much like a leather shirt as it is a jacket.

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  12. rknight

    rknight New in Town

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    Do you know what pattern your jacket is? Most of the later patterns did not have the collar stand.
     
  13. JumpBoot

    JumpBoot One of the Regulars

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    Rknight,

    I like the one in the photo, that's a nice looking jacket. Mine is a Rough Wear 1401-p. I hadn't thought about it that way, but you're right. The collar stand does make it more shirt-like.
     
  14. Stand By

    Stand By One Too Many

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    I love the jacket, man. I think you nailed the insignia and it really adds to it - and as for the fit, it looks perfect to me. If anything, I think it just looks new - and will look better when it wears in and develops more drape and conforms to your body and movement - and the collar settles. The insignia will darken too and blend right in. Ahh, the jacket just reeks of potential! :) Just wear it as often as you can and enjoy the heck out of it! Nice one!
     

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