M445 jackets

John Lever

Moderator
Great photo !
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Falcon_52

Active Member
Nice photo, John. Thanks for posting!

One thing I notice (especially on the two men on the left) is now flexible and easy-wearing their jackets appear to be. Maybe this is down to tanning method? Today's repro jackets seem quite stiff in comparison. That being said, I've never owned a Real McCoy's sheepskin jacket - perhaps they are the exception.

Noel
 

John Lever

Moderator
Noel that is what I thought. They do look very soft in the way they are creasing and folding on the arms.
The only jackets I own that show this characteristic are my Whitefeather D1 and my Toys B3. Both are very light and soft.
 

Kermit3D

Well-Known Member
Who was wearing ANJ-4 and M-445 jackets ?
Only bomber crews ? or some fighter pilots ?

On the European front ? North Atlantic ? Pacific ?
 

Saint-ex

Well-Known Member
To simplify :

Army Air Force A-2 and Navy M-422 were replaced by ANJ-3 (Army Navy Jacket - 3)
Army Air Force B-3 and Navy M-445 were replaced by ANJ-4 (Army Navy Jacket - 4)

I guess on all fronts.
 

Kermit3D

Well-Known Member
Okay, I understand better. :)
My question may seem stupid but all these jackets were worn indifferently by fighter and bomber pilots ? Or were some jackets reserved only for fighter pilots or bomber crews ?

For example, did fighter pilots sometimes wear B-3 in the winter ?
 

mulceber

Well-Known Member

Eastman, unless I’m mistaken, and an older one at that.


Okay, I understand better. :)
My question may seem stupid but all these jackets were worn indifferently by fighter and bomber pilots ? Or were some jackets reserved only for fighter pilots or bomber crews ?

For example, did fighter pilots sometimes wear B-3 in the winter ?

B-3s were a bit bulky for someone crammed in a fighter cockpit. They still wore them, but they tended to prefer D-1s and B-6s, if they could get them. That’s my understanding anyway.
 

Kermit3D

Well-Known Member
Eastman, unless I’m mistaken, and an older one at that.




B-3s were a bit bulky for someone crammed in a fighter cockpit. They still wore them, but they tended to prefer D-1s and B-6s, if they could get them. That’s my understanding anyway.

Ok so the ANJ-4 and M-455 could be worn by fighter pilots, although they may have preferred less bulky jackets, isn't it ?
 
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