Great Ike Jacket Uniform, size 36R, with an unit patch of the 9th Airforce, famous from their participation in the air war above Europe. Wonderful patina, dated december 1944, and most importantly, NAMED with the original name and service number of the original owner (James H Umberger, 33148640)!!! (see attached photo for some initial research on this person). He enlisted in 1942. Wonderful item to research further!
The 9th AF participated in Egypt and Libya, the campaign in Tunisia, and the invasions of Sicily and Italy. The 9th transferred to England in October, 1943 and participated in Normandy invasion and the rest of the European continent until the VE-Day.
Constituted as V Air Support Command on 21 Aug 1941. Activated on 1 Sep 1941. Redesignated Ninth AF in Apr 1942. Moved to Egypt and began operations on 12 Nov 1942, participating in the Allied drive across Egypt and Libya, the campaign in Tunisia, and the invasions of Sicily and Italy. Moved to England in Oct 1943 to become the tactical air force for the invasion of the Continent. Helped prepare for the assault on Normandy, supported operations on the beach in Jun 1944, and took part in the drive that carried the Allies across France and culminated in victory over Germany in May 1945. Inactivated in Germany on 2 Dec 1945.
The jacket has private rank chevrons and an overseas bar denoting 1,5 year service in the liberation of Europe. The jacket is complete with all its buttons, has a nice manufacturer tag and is also fitted with a ruptured duck insignia illustrating the fact that the private did his duties accordingly and was honorfully discharged following the end of WW2. Jacket has a great patina and is complete with all buttons/buckles etc., see photo's.
Great and rare 100% original 9th Airforce uniform for your US WW2 collection!
- B-17 Bomber - Liberation of Europe/Normandy
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Army Unit
- Unique WW2 Eisenhower ''Ike'' Jacket - 9th Airforce
- Year of Manufacture
- Original/ Replica
- Good condition
- Comes with certificate of authenticity