ID this M422?

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  1. M3Cavalry

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    Circa 1942 in Pensacola.
     

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  2. Skip

    Skip Well-Known Member

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    Fuzzy on that one mate, if Stony or another USN guy don't chime in, hit Dave Sheeley up or pm Maverickson
     
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  3. STEVE S.

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    The one on the right looks to be a Gordon & Ferguson. Has the wider pocket with the stitched pencil pouch.
     
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  4. M3Cavalry

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    I appreciate the input guys. I know nothing about Navy jackets. I'm assuming that these are M-422s, but I could be wrong. Goodwear states that there were only three makers of M-422s: "This new series was contracted out to three companies: Willis and Geiger, Switlik Parachute & Equipment Co. and Monarch Mfg. Co."

    Given that, any further thoughts?
     
  5. chamboid

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    The one of the rift is definitely a G&F M-422a, the one on the left could be a Fried Osterman M-422a, the pocket flaps looks similar, with the unique squared off pocket flaps.

    The collar is a similar pointed shape as well.
     
  6. M3Cavalry

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    Aha--what were the differences between the M-422 and M-422a? Didn't realize that there were other makers for the latter. Thanks for all the help.

    A historical note--the pilot on the left is Nile Kinnick, a Heisman Trophy winner who died in ditching his F4F Wildcat in the Gulf of Mexico after it lost oil pressure.
     
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  7. Maverickson

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    Hi All ,

    My guess and with some certainty for the Kinnick jacket is an American Sportswear.

    Cheers, Dave
     
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  8. Brettafett

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    Yes, for those reasons, plus... look at the collar. Pretty unique. And Eastman make a pretty good version of the G&F.
    One on the left....?

    Main difference between the M-422 and M-422A, is the addition of the pencil slot in the left pocket. Clearly seen in the jacket on the right (G&F M422a). You can see the seam running down.
    The M422a was the next incarnation, after the M422, thus were made at a slightly later date. Theres a post elsewhere with contract date info...
     
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