Help needed. Korean war flight jacket

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by Geeboo, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Geeboo

    Geeboo Active Member

    I want to repro this jkt, sold in eBay in 2015 claimed to be Korean war flight jacket - possibly civilian.
    I like this particular style because of the overall shape and color scheme - more versatile to wear without the fur collar [I am in Hong Kong - tropical climate] .
    Help wanted:
    1) the sleeves pocket - I cannot ascertain its details, it is not like that in B10/B15 whreas it is 3-dimensional - suggestion of details of it is welcomed
    2) the right sleeves patch - I would like a big, ~5", black & yellow/ gold tone patch - I cannot see the full image of this patch - any suggestion which sleeves patch can be used - prefer Korean war period
    Pls note all patches are black+yellow/gold in tone
    1.jpg ?
    No B10/B15, just want to repro this one after seeing hundreds of variants.
    Tks in advance.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2018
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  2. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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  3. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

    Mexico Aguascalientes
    I second that ...

    looks like:


    and the jacket looks like any kind of civilian knock off but not like a mil-issue jacket
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  4. Tom Bowers

    Tom Bowers Member

    Private purchase tanker jacket
    lots of these were made in Korea, some during the war or after during the 1960s by mamasan tailors
    The name tape "jerry" is definately korean style
    This is a nice one possible to get an ID
    However it's not a flight jacket
    Tom Bowers
  5. Skyhawk

    Skyhawk Well-Known Member

    Portland, OR
    Yes looks like a Tanker. The pocket looks like a combination "Cigarette" pocket with pencil slots on the outside. Looks similar to a N3B parka sleeve pocket.
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  6. unclegrumpy

    unclegrumpy Well-Known Member

    Tom nailed this one. The hard thing to tell with this particular jacket, is if "Jerry" is a last name or not. It could be.

    If it is a first name, then this is something that was worn off base or made as souvenir to take home. If it is a last name, then it could have been worn on base. However, the lack of any rank insignia suggests to me it was a souvenir...the tiger patch does as well.

    The 1st Cav was in Korea and Japan after the Korean War to the early 1960's. This jacket is likely from the mid 1950's to early 1960's, and is a style that you often see worn. But as Tom said, it is not a flight jacket, but a style of "tanker jacket", though you see varying styles of these worn by soldiers in all branches of the it is really more of a theatre made private purchase mid weight jacket that is of a style that was allowed to be worn at that particular time and place. Meaning, if properly patched, you could probably wear one of these on base in Japan or Korea, but not likely once you were shipped elsewhere...especially back to the States.

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