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P-38 Pilots with tanker Jackets

CoreyM

Member
I've seen it stated on a few jacket makers websites that P-38 Pilots in Europe used the tanker jackets and overall pants as flight gear.

If this is true has anyone seen pictures of a tanker jacket with air corps patches or artwork? I've been thinking a tanker jacket done this way might make for a really useful easy to wear jacket.
 

B-Man2

Well-Known Member
At the National Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio . There are several examples of tanker jackets which had painted backs like A-2s which had been utilized by pilots from various units.
 
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CBI

Well-Known Member
the tanker is my fave WW2 jacket and I love the pilot pics (there are many other pics out there). I have owned a number of tanker repros and patched a few. I think you may be better off w/o patches. I have always regretted the look on a tanker.
 

veli1

Member
the tanker is my fave WW2 jacket and I love the pilot pics (there are many other pics out there). I have owned a number of tanker repros and patched a few. I think you may be better off w/o patches. I have always regretted the look on a tanker.
I concur with you CBI, i like my Eastman A-2 alot but good old Tanker "look" is also unbeatable.
Here are some pics from my archive...
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CoreyM

Member
Wow you guys don't disappoint!

Looks like a lot of the guys didn't bother to patch them either during the war either. I jut love looking at some of the squadron patches I've seen posted on the forum but I can see the clean look as well being appealing.
 

CBI

Well-Known Member
you know, many of the real star pilots, aces, etc. did not patch/paint their jackets. They were too cool/waaaaay too focused on their jobs to even think of it.
 

B-Man2

Well-Known Member
By the way I forgot to mention that the frayed right shoulder of the tanker jacket in the photo I posted, according to the placard next to the jacket, was shrapnel from a 20 mm high explosive shell
 
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