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USN M-375 jacket info request

Geeboo

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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
 

B-Man2

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

falcon_ib

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That's a really interesting jacket, very unique collar. Maybe Carl has something in his records?
 

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.
 

Carl

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

Falcon_52

Active Member
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
 

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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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.
 

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.
 

zoomer

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37J1 is about 1932-1039
M421a is about 1939-1943
So I think M375 is about 1939
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.
 

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 .
 

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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