Tim you might be right now that you mention it, or at least some leather to simulate ostrich.
I definitely agree with all that -- but it also looks like it's in unused condition. Yet another gem in the treasure chest.There are areas in this region that get quite cold. Add thousands of feet of elevation to that and I bet it would get your attention. The M-43 in my opinion probably isn’t as warm as a B-10. Still you are right, you seem to see more M-41’s (Laos in this grouping) in the CBI than the M-43.
The jacket has had some restoration work done and it is an on going project, it was issued to a JJ Hamblin whom I believe to have been one of the first pilots to have perished at 0120hrs on D Day whilst flying a C47. Other than the name tag and the fact that he was one of only two Hamblins to have served in the airforce I am not able to substantiate my belief. Well done with your purchase, thanks Paul.Awesome find, an amazing piece of History that you can cherish and preserve to pass on to future generations.
Thanks for sharing with such a great write up and super photos , Brilliant !