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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
United States of America (All Branches)
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A0388
Selling Price: $485 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $5
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS 4 BULLION PATCH CATERPILLAR AAF SET
FROM UNAUTHORIZED 301ST BOMB GROUP 8TH AAF WINGS CLUB PATCH!
These all came off a rotted, but about the most drop-dead gorgeous all original flying tunic that I've ever seen. The patches alone are sheer Nirvana. Let's add them up one at a time. First, the Caterpillar Club patch is a very, very big deal. These are ten-fold rarer than the pins, which bring in a tidy $500.00 each on every offering to date.

The 301st was embedded into the 12th AAF. Now, the 301st had an illustrious career. Part of the 8th AAF, it took part in the horrendous 1942 raids with tremendous losses. They were transferred to the 12th and ran out of the Italian theatre and Mediterranean areas. A top notch combat outfit.

MY guess is these are all Italian (patches) and British (rank) made, because the cloth insignia was sewn on identically and shared some unique construction. Bullion threading is 100% in place

I love the wings. Pure and simple. They are several layers of built up art - with a high-crested layered ridge formed of the feathers to kick it off with. The ribbons are all hand-sewn on, and are nice in that this guy has an Invasion Arrowhead, something no doubt for the Italian campaigns. There is also a silver battle star, and then an Air Medal with a silver oak leaf as well.

English-made pin back 1st Lieutenant bars, and last but never least - the jacket was used in combat to the best of my understanding, as it has heavy, under the cuffs wear, typical for flight crews.

Overall, the jacket itself was in bad shape. Lots of wear inside and out, but luckily on none of the patches themselves. But even the bullion AAF and US on the collars were spared. The jacket had that reeking age smell we all dread.

In any regard, here you have some really, really unusual and attractive items, and it is the first time that I've seen a Caterpillar Club emblem on a sleeve!



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