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Catalog Number 2015.025.002
Description US Army Air Forces Flight Jacket, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II and the Korean War. Brown leather bomber jacket. There are two square pockets with flap snap enclosures on the front. On the proper right breast there is an Air Force patch from the Korean War. On the left breast there is a faded patch with text reading, "A.R. Brown". At the top of the proper left sleeve there is a faded printed Army Air Forces insignia. A brown ribbed cloth extends around the waist of the jacket. A metal zipper extends the length of the jacket in the front center. A brown leather collar at the top has a hook-and-eye closure. The interior is lined with brown cotton. At the top of the interior there is a leather strap to hang the jacket. At the bottom of the sleeves there is a brown ribbed cloth.
Object Name Jacket, Flight
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title US Army Air Forces Flight Jacket, c. 1942-1946
Date c. 1942-1946
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "A.R. Brown" (proper left front breast); "ARMY AIR FORCE" (printed on top of proper left sleeve);
Provenance Item belonging to Allan R. Brown during his tenure in the military:
-Served as a navigator for the 8th Army Air Force, 14th Combat Wing, 392nd Bomb Squadron based in Wendling, England during WWII from September 18, 1942 - January 10, 1946.
-After his B-24 Liberator plane was shot down, became a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luftwaffe I in Barth, Germany from1944-1945
-Served as a navigator for the US Air Force during the Korean War from August 10,1950 - August 9, 1952.
-Served in the Air force Reserves following both tours of duty through 1982.
Notes “Inevitably Mr. Brown finally joined the service. Going down to the draft office at the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, or as we know it now, the United States Air Force. He was sent off to England where he was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 14th Combat Wing, 392nd Bomb Squadron based at Wendling. … Ultimately there came the mission when Allan Brown didn’t return – his ninth.
“On a mission over Munich where they were supposed to bomb industry, Mr. Brown’s bomber was hit by flak which locked the elevators. … Five to ten German fighters intercepted him and shredded the plane with their guns. The Liberator went up in flames. Three airmen were burned inside the bomber, while one died on the ground. The civilians that captured Mr. Brown called a Luftwaffe officer to pick him up, who then took him to solitary confinement at the air base in Munich. German interrogation officers … charged Mr. Brown as a spy, declaring that he had been dropped in for espionage work. …From the Interrogation Center, he was driven up to the cold regions of the Baltic Sea to Stalag Luftwaffe I, a prison camp for airmen who had been captured by the Luftwaffe. …On May18, 1945, the first Russian soldiers marched into the camp and declared every prisoner free.”
[“Allan Brown: A Biography” by Peter Allen Sparacino (Brown’s 13 year old neighbor’s 7th grade Literature class paper, May 21, 1997)]

"The Type A-2 leather flight jacket is a military flight jacket closely associated with World War II U.S. Army Air Forces pilots, navigators and bombardiers, who often decorated their jackets with squadron patches and elaborate artwork painted on the back. Sometimes casually referred to as a bomber jacket, its original designation was "Jacket, Pilot's (summer)", and its wartime usage was limited neither to pilots nor to bomber crews."


"Stalag Luft I was a German World War II prisoner-of-war camp near Barth, Western Pomerania, Germany, for captured Allied airmen. The presence of the prison camp is said to have shielded the town of Barth from Allied bombing. Approximately 9,000 airmen (7,588 American and 1,351 British and Canadian) were imprisoned there when it was liberated on the night of 30 April 1945 by Russian troops."


Dimensions H-23.875 W-18.75 D-8 inches
Search Terms Air Force
Brown, Allan R.
Military Uniforms
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Air forces
Military uniforms
U.S. Army
World War II
People Brown, Allan R.