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Sold on eBay: WW2 A2 Leather Jacket, USAAF P38 Lightning for $2,290

Here’s another entry to our “Sold on eBay” series of vintage articles. It’s an amazing WW2 A2 leather jacket worthy of a mention. Again, maybe I should have entitled this one “UN-Sold on eBay” because it’s another piece that didn’t meet the auction reserve.

The back possesses some classic WWII hand painted art work of a P38 called “Fork Tail Devil” in excellent shape! It appears that everything on the jacket is original. The main Talon zipper is original but you’ll see in the pictures that the zipper tape has some separation issues. These types of zipper issues are the worst as the zipper tape will continue to deteriorate. The cuffs are all original but have been repaired at some point. Another word about this jacket’s condition is the shoulder wear. As you can see in the photos, the shoulders are starting to thin out. This comes from a jacket of this age hanging on a single hanger for as many years as it has. It’s pretty common with these A2 jackets but could be avoided with just a different method of storage.

It’s anyone’s guess as to what the reserve on this WW2 A2 leather jacket auction was. My guess is $1,800. Actually, I’m a little surprised he didn’t get that number but the condition of this jacket obviously held it back. We’ve seen A2 jackets with no art work, in great shape, sell for this same price of $1,200.

Here are the details…..


This jacket was relisted and sold for $2290 at auction meeting it’s reserve.



Seller: brads-ww2-items / Anaheim, California

Price: $2,290

Label: L & T Sportswear Los Angeles , California

Condition: Repaired cuffs, original Talon zip with zipper tape separation, rough shoulder wear.


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WWII A2 Flight Jacket 1

Amazing hand painted back.


WWII A2 Flight Jacket 2

“Fork Tail Devil” painted art work on the back. Excellent color.


WWII A2 Flight Jacket 3

WWII A2 Flight Jacket 4

Plain A2 front.


WWII A2 Flight Jacket 5

Shoulder wear. Common on these jackets from hanging in a closet.



WWII A2 Flight Jacket 6

Another shot of the shoulder wear.



WWII A2 Flight Jacket 7

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You can see a zipper thread issue.



WWII A2 Flight Jacket 9

WWII A2 Flight Jacket 11

Yup. Once a separation begins the zipper deteriorates quickly.



WWII A2 Flight Jacket 12

Excellent example of the A2 Talon zipper. Too bad it will need to be replaced.



WW2 A2 Flight Jacket 13

Interior shot. Liner is ripped in both arm pits.



WWII A2 Flight Jacket 14

“L & T Sportswear, INC. Los Angeles, CA” label.

One comment

  1. I have a similar one on eBay auction right now – not quite as cool a design on back, but it DOES have four P-38’s painted on the back of it. Within the first 24 hours it was up to reserve so I hope it does well for its owner when the auction runs on Sunday… thanks for posting about this one!

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