Very large WWII USAAF A2 and uniform grouping to a Navigator in the CBI Theater

ausreenactor

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It would be great to see an inventory of this grouping at some stage.

Jacket, Flight, Perry - Size XX x 1
Jacket, Dress, Four pocket - Size XX x 1
Correspondence, Letter - pilot to wife x 4

Would be happy to produce/assist and jazz up a PDF...
 

warguy

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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.
 

Paul Glover

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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 !
 

warguy

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Thanks for the kind comments Paul, looks like you might have a great B-3 there in your Avatar!
 

Chandler

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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.
I definitely agree with all that -- but it also looks like it's in unused condition. Yet another gem in the treasure chest.

My dad was issued an M-43 in 1953 and always lamented that he had to turn it in at the end of his service.

And my uncle's duffle bag yielded some nice fatigues (1955 issue) and some russet brown combat boots -- all of which I quickly grew out of.

But nothing as cool as an M-43 or M-41 -- let alone an A-2.
 

Paul Glover

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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 !
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.
 

warguy

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Thank you Paul. That sounds like a great artifact you have there. Good luck with your research and restoration!
 
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