This really nice WW2 A2 Leather Jacket sold on eBay November 10th. It was sold by The Nations Attic out of Wichita, Kansas. They’ve posted some gorgeous A2 jackets over the last several years and this one is no exception. From the listing:
“This jacket belonged originally to a member of a B-17 crew when he used this jacket. He was part of the 603rd Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomb Group. Above is a great close-up photo of Disney designed 603rd Bomb Squadron patch featuring Peg Leg Pete! Disney designed this patch during early World War 2. This patch is embroidered or chenille. This style is the primary style found in World War 2 period photos.
Above the patch is the painted name “Clint”. Unfortunately we are not sure who Clint is from our limited research, but there are plenty of clues on this jacket to possible trace him down! We do know he was in the 603rd Bomb Squadron and we also know his entire mission record which is painted on the back of the jacket. With this information we can determine the date of his first and last missions!
This jacket has a wonderful vintage feel and look to it. Worn over countless bomb runs over France and Germany. This jacket is perfect for both display and wearing! The leather is still soft with the jacket being a very nice size 38!”
Here are the details of the sale:
ORIGINAL A-2 FLIGHT JACKET B-17 398th BS 603rd BG w/ DISNEY PEG LEG PETE PATCH
Seller: the_nations_attic / Wichita, KS
Label: Perry Sportswear Sz. 38
Condition: Leather is terrific and the original Crown zippers exists and works well. Beautiful jacket.
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.
100% ORIGINAL WW2 US ARMY AIR FORCE A2 LEATHER JACKET P-38 LIGHTNING RARE NAMED
Seller: brads-ww2-items / Anaheim, California
Label: L & T Sportswear Los Angeles , California
Condition: Repaired cuffs, original Talon zip with zipper tape separation, rough shoulder wear.
Amazing hand painted back.
“Fork Tail Devil” painted art work on the back. Excellent color.
Plain A2 front.
Shoulder wear. Common on these jackets from hanging in a closet.
Another shot of the shoulder wear.
You can see a zipper thread issue.
Yup. Once a separation begins the zipper deteriorates quickly.
Excellent example of the A2 Talon zipper. Too bad it will need to be replaced.
Interior shot. Liner is ripped in both arm pits.
“L & T Sportswear, INC. Los Angeles, CA” label.