ORIGINAL WWII BRONCO 29191 TYPE A-2 (759th BS - 459th BG “Th’ Brokan Dollah”)

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

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Got this relic a while ago, one of a kind BRONCO 29191 Type A-2.

This jacket belonged to an Aerial Gunner assigned to the 759th BS, 459th BG who flew numerous bombing missions over Italy and Austria during WWII aboard the B-24 Liberator “Th' Brokan Dollah”.

This beauty is extensively decorated and in very good condition, knits and zipper have been replaced, lining still in excellent shape but unfortunately the contract label was removed at some point.

On the front bears an Aerial Gunner Wings leather patch embossed ”Jay Rowbarts”

Left chest bears an Italian made hand painted leather incised 759th BS patch.

Right chest bears an Italian made hand painted leather incised 459th BG patch.

Left shoulder bears an Italian made hand painted leather incised 15th Air Force patch (damaged).

Right shoulder bears an incredible Italian made hand painted leather State of Texas Flag with multi-color bead border.

Both epaulets bear Italian made hand painted leather incised Technical Sergeant rank chevrons.

A “Ruptured Duck” pin is fastened through the left collar, and a good luck bell “ITALY” is attached to the neck hook.

On the back of the jacket bears a Texas Long Horn symbol in yellow with 35 bombs (missions) each named for a different target such as Verona, Padua, Bolonga, Vienna, Munich and many others. The 5 bombs in red represent targets over Nazi Germany and Austria. In the center of the bombs is ”Th' Brokan Dollah” and underneath is the B-24 with correct tail insignia and code.

THE BONUS is Rowbarts’ personal wartime diary complete with mission records, wartime action, poetry, stories, dirty jokes, art, musings, stencils, photographs, and much more.

Having that said, here are some pics to start the week entertained... have a good one!

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Jorgeenriqueaguilera

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Rowbarts’ diary is over 100 pages and contains details of his life in the Army Air Force, it will transport you to the back of a B-24 Liberator in the early hours on a winter morning of 1945, then to a Texas pasture, a date with his girlfriend and back again, it is as amusing as it is scary and encapsulates the late war struggle and need for humor as well.

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Flightengineer

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Must say, AVI's Bronco circa 2018 was a pretty good copy 'relatively speaking' judging by this...
I thought about that too.
Although it had several inaccuracies, in general it is pretty close, although not a 100% copy. Now I’m just planning to work on my AVI involve it in one patch-and-paint project, it’s that case than AVI is a good “canvas” and what you won’t do with Eastman or other expensive jackets.
 

bazelot

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Beautiful jacket. I wouldn't call it a relic. The original owner may have known this guy, they were both from Texas it looks like:
 

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

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Beautiful jacket. I wouldn't call it a relic. The original owner may have known this guy, they were both from Texas it looks like:
Hehehe I meant relic as a surviving memorial of something past.
And indeed it’s very interesting all the coincidences between both jackets, same contract, same XV Air Force patch and even similar Texas Flag patch, both on the same position, who knows perhaps they knew each other after all!!! Rowbarts (1920-1976) was from Jacksonville, Texas, he enlisted in the U.S Army on September 11th, 1943.
 

bazelot

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Hehehe I meant relic as a surviving memorial of something past.
And indeed it’s very interesting all the coincidences between both jackets, same contract, same XV Air Force patch and even similar Texas Flag patch, both on the same position, who knows perhaps they knew each other after all!!! Rowbarts (1920-1976) was from Jacksonville, Texas, he enlisted in the U.S Army on September 11th, 1943.
Yes, it is highly likely the patches were also made by the same person. The one I have was extensively used in the Korean war, it is a wonder the WWII patches are still attached to the jacket...
 
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