USN M-375 jacket info request

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by Geeboo, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Geeboo

    Geeboo Well-Known Member

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    No matter how hard I search, just 3 photos of this jacket can be located in Instagram which is coming from the same jkt. No any other info can be found.
    What I can say it is a transition from 37J1, then M-375, then the 1st pattern M421/ M421a.
    I would like any info of this jkt , esp. photo of the inside of the jkt, cos basically that 3 photos cover all from the outside.
    Tks
     
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  2. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Never saw one Geeboo . What’s it look like?
     
  3. Geeboo

    Geeboo Well-Known Member

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    like this M375.jpg
     
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  4. falcon_ib

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    That's a really interesting jacket, very unique collar. Maybe Carl has something in his records?
     
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    A W&G! Really nice.
     
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    Navy stuff is not my bag but that's seems to be a rare birdie. Is it gabardine?
     
  8. Carl

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    Nothing at all im afraid , strange looking cont # . Is it pre or post war that number ?
     
  9. Geeboo

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    37J1 is about 1932-1039
    M421a is about 1939-1943
    So I think M375 is about 1939
    It is one of the Rarest jkt if not The rarest IMO, It is rarer than Blue N1 deck jacket & D2 parka, I think similar to A1 [original] or even a bit rarer .
    As seen from the label photo it is also made from Jungle cloth.
     
  10. Carl

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    Hence why its not listed in my files :(
    Sorry i couldnt help .:(
     
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  11. Falcon_52

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    I took a look in Aota's Full Gear book. There are a couple more photos in there but none of the interior of the jacket. Interestingly, there are hidden knit cuffs inside the sleeve end and the back construction is similar to an M-422 or G-1 with a belted, bi-swing action back and underarm gussets. It's a cool jacket but they must be rare as hen's teeth!

    Noel
     
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  12. Geeboo

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    would you post the photos in Full Gear - all of them, pls ?
    I cannot see there are underarm gussets, can you show me ?
     
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  13. Brent

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    There's a lot going on with that jacket, I like it. Thanks for posting it.

    Regards,
     
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  14. Geeboo

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    I would be much appreciated for those whom, have the book Full Gear to post those M375 pics, tks. I am writing this post for info, not sharing.
     
  15. scwells

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    This photo was taken November 1940. 3 USN types were in flight training in Long Beach.
     

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  16. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    That's a rare photo of a rare jacket.
    Great find
     
  17. zoomer

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    Looks like the CO didn't like the appearance of the waist knit on the M-375, and made them fold it under when wearing them (or at least posing in them).

    Also, material looks much darker and shinier than Geeboo's Photobucket pic.
     
  18. zoomer

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    Are we sure M-421 alone replaced M-375? I suspect the Navy recognized the need for midweight leather once again and commissioned both M-421 and '422.
     
  19. B-Man2

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    The M-375 is a Steve McQueen looking jacket. I can just picture him looking cool with the collar turned driving his XKSS Jaguar .
     
  20. zoomer

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    :cool: Steve's brand of cool was not even an idea in 1939...

    One wonders what shortcomings of the 37J1 were addressed by the '375. The lack of a bi-swing was an obvious one. Also the collar - especially the "B" model, whose zipper runs up into the knit and stops it from being folded down. But why hide the cuffs? Moisture leakage perhaps? (A knit collar wouldn't have kept water out any better than knit cuffs.)
     
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