Original patched A-2 15th AF WWII and 12th Tactical Korean War

bazelot

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A very interesting jacket. It has patches from both WWII and Korea. On both shoulders there are 15th Air Force Italian made patches which are in sorry condition but still there and on the chest is a super rare Korean War 12th Tactical Reconnaissance squadron which is the Blackbirds squadron (later flew U2s and then the SR71).
The jacket is a Bronco with amazing patina and replaced cuffs and waistband, The jacket came with the original Korean war dog tags, the pilot WWII sterling silver ID bracelet and the Korean war radiation detector attached to the tags. Named to George B. Fleming, he was a navigator in the AAF . It is not common to see a Korean war jacket with its original WWII patches. Vet saw a lot of action in both WWII and Korea.
The 12th Tactical was activated at Komaki Air Base in Japan as part of the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and was later re-stationed at Kimpo Air Base in Seoul, South Korea in August of 1951. Between January and June of 1953, the Squadron flew RB-26B Invaders in over 1,100 missions, mainly night photo surveillance intelligence gathering; the 12th Tactical provided much needed information to be used by the ground forces in combat and communications. The Unit received a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "e;V"e; Device, and 3 Distinguished Unit Citations, two in 1951 and another in 1953.

Leather is beautiful with no weak spots. Crown zipper has a fragile male side but still works.

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bazelot

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got a slew of other items. A total of 14 medals including DFC and Air Medal that are named to him, all the medals are in the labelled original boxes. THere is even a 50 lira note from Italy dated 1943 from his days in the 15 Air Force
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ausreenactor

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Impressive grouping. One medal stood out more than the others.

Apparently there is a citation with my name on it moving through AFCENT for the US Air Force Commendation Medal with 'C' Device? Will see how that goes...

Thanks for the pics!
 

Maverickson

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Hi Tom,

Looks like you are rounding out your collection as related to Fleming's A-2 jackets nicely! It is always great to see related items staying together in one collection.

Cheers, Dave
 
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B-Man2

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Agree with Dave .., it’s wrong when groupings are broken up simply for the sake of someone’s financial gain. That’s a great grouping of a real hero. That DFC looks like it’s got a cluster award on it . Did he have 2 of them ?
 

ausreenactor

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Agree with Dave .., it’s wrong when groupings are broken up simply for the sake of someone’s financial gain. That’s a great grouping of a real hero. That DFC looks like it’s got a cluster award on it . Did he have 2 of them ?
Cluster on the DFC would indicate an additional award. Two silver clusters on that Air Medal indicate a whole lot of sorties. At least 220!
 

ausreenactor

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Yes i hate splitting groupings as well
I reunited a Vietnam Special Forces grouping to a CAPT Philip Remington McDonald, 7th SFG. His uniforms were in one grouping and the his documentation and pics were in another. Three months apart. Sold the entire group to a Pharmacist in South Korea. Think that paid for another Eastman or two back in the day....

Still have one document...
 

bazelot

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Impressive grouping. One medal stood out more than the others.

Apparently there is a citation with my name on it moving through AFCENT for the US Air Force Commendation Medal with 'C' Device? Will see how that goes...

Thanks for the pics!
Congrats, how did you get that?
 

ausreenactor

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Still haven't get been awarded it. Just a submission of a citation. The four aircrew over the two rotations got the Air Medals and the entire second rotation got the Air Force Commendation Medals some months ago. It's an 'oops, sorry we forgot about y'all' and we will rectify the shortfall. Did a six month mentoring deployment training up the Afghanistan Air Force UH-60 crews and the operational Squadron.

We went in and tied together three contractor elements and the USAF/US Army and US Navy personnel. Was pretty fractured.
 
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