Help IDing an original A2.

Flash Badger

New Member
Hello all. I’m wondering if any of you guys might be able to ID an A2 I am in the process of buying. It has a contract label on it but it appears the label is actually off a B3 and has roughly bee sewn on. I’ve had a look on Acme Depot but have come away none the wiser. Here’s some photos that might assist:-
 

2BM2K

Well-Known Member
I can't ID it, too many oddities. The hanger is too high, the big X stitches are missing from one end of the epaulette.

Need more photo's. of the zip puller, sleeves front and back, and jacket as a whole etc.
 

Flash Badger

New Member
Thanks for the responses gents. I will add some more photos later today. I’m a wee bit confused by the the comments above tho. Am I doing something out of turn in this thread?
 

2BM2K

Well-Known Member
You are okay.

Back in January a formally trust worthy member of the forum decided to play a prank and had a fake jacket made to look like a rare original A2 jacket and posted photo's of it. The bait was taken and started some lively debates.
My how we laughed afterwards. :D
 

Flash Badger

New Member
Thanks for the update 2BM. I can assure you that there is no skulduggery going on here and if it does prove to be a fake then it will be news to me too!

Garry
 

Flash Badger

New Member
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Heres some futher photos that may assist identifying it. I did notice that I cant seem to find an Inspectors Stamp in the lining, is this a problem? Lastly and with respect, I would also like to make it clear that I have no agenda in this thread and my names not George, I mearly have the opportunity to buy this jacket for a fairly (to me) substantial amount of cash and I want to be sure what I am buying. If you have concerns about my reasons feel free to PM me to discuss or ignore the thread.
 
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2BM2K

Well-Known Member
The jacket and patches look distinctly odd.

The jacket needs provenance or proof of authenticity to be of value.

A UV or black light should pick up any man made thread in the patch stitching.

As I understand the wartime organisation troop carrier groups were part of the AAF and not part of an airborne division. Just assigned to whatever task was needed.
 
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