United States Navy Bureau of Aeronautics M-422A pebble grained goatskin leather flying jacket.
Maker Fried, Ostermann Co. Wisconsin
Date made c 1941
Included in the left front pocket is a pen or pencil slot and the jacket has a Talom zipper. the rayon lining has split and torn, revealing four horizontal black elastic strips which assist in retaining the jacket's fit.
Painted on the back of the jacket in red and yellow is the legend "Stinger", over a depiction of a green camouflaged B-17 bomber with all turret guns firing and dropping a bomb load. Painted under this are two lines of 24 bombs, each with a white swastika, representing bombing missions; plus seven black and white German crosses, probably representing German fighters shot down, and one red bomb with a white swastika within, accompanied by the words "25 missions 1944" in red.
This jacket has on the right breast ta 130mm painted leather patch of the 728th Bombardment Squadron, 452nd Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force. The 452nd Bombardment Group was formed in 1943 and was one of the twenty four Heavy Bomber Groups operating the Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress", stationed in England and flying almost constant raids against German industrial, civilian and military targets.