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Catalog Number 2015.025.003
Description US Army Air Forces Uniform Jacket, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Olive drab wool button-up jacket. There are four gold-colored buttons down the center with an embossed United States emblem, the fourth is a plastic brown button that does not show when buttoned. There is a cloth olive drab waist belt that extends around the waist with a buckle. There are two square pockets with a flap and gold button on both sides below belt. There are two square pockets with a flap and button on each breast. On the proper left breast above pocket there is an Air Force insignia patch. On the top proper left shoulder there is a circular blue and yellow 8th Army Air Force insignia patch. At the bottom of the proper left sleeve there is a square patch with three yellow embroidered rectangle lines. At the back below the belt there is a slit extending down. At the collar there is a notched lapel. On each shoulder there is a shoulder strap with a gold button. At the bottom of the sleeves there is a brown cloth strap that extends around the sleeve. The interior is lined with olive drab rayon. On the proper right interior below the sleeve there is a brown rectangular cloth tag with white text. Above the tag there is a slit pocket. The top of the sleeve interior is lined with white rayon. The bottom of the sleeve is lined with olive drab rayon. There is a cloth strap at top interior for hanging the jacket.
Object Name Coat, Suit
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title US Army Air Forces Uniform Jacket, c. 1942-1946
Date c. 1942-1946
Creator Fomby Clothing Co.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "EPLURIBUS UNUM" (embossed on gold button at center); "Fomby / CLOTHING CO. / The House of Satisfaction / SAN ANTONIO" (rectangular tag on proper right interior);
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.
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 Eighth Air Force (8AF) is a numbered air force (NAF) of the United States Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).
Established on 22 February 1944 by the redesignation of VIII Bomber Command at RAF High Wycombe, England, 8 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the European Theater of World War II, engaging in operations primarily in the Northern Europe AOR; carrying out strategic bombing of enemy targets in France, the Low countries, and Germany; and engaging in air-to-air fighter combat against enemy aircraft until the German capitulation in May 1945. It was the largest of the deployed combat Army Air Forces in numbers of personnel, aircraft, and equipment."


"The 392d Strategic Missile Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. During World War II, its predecessor unit, the 392d Bombardment Group was an Eighth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment group stationed in England, stationed at RAF Wendling. The group flew 285 combat missions, suffering 1552 casualties including 835 killed in action or line of duty and 184 aircraft lost."


"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-31.75 W-19.75 D-6 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.