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    Hump Pilot Flight Jacket

    WWII Army Air Force Type A-2 Leather Flight Jacket Identified to Hump Pilot Robert E. Burnham, Featured in Jon Maguire's American Flight Jackets, Airmen & Aircraft. Comprising: 1.) Beautiful brown leather A-2, size 42, manufactured by Bronco Manufacturing Corp., New York. The jacket retains the original tan cotton lining with Army Air Corps stamp, and nomenclature tag. A name other than Burnham's is inked on the lining (see explanation below). The jacket has Burnham's embossed leather name tag on the left breast, a multi-piece leather CBI patch on the upper right sleeve and multi-piece leather Army Air Corps winged star on the upper left sleeve. The original "ARMY AIR FORCE" white stencil appears below the latter patch. All snaps and hooks present and functioning. Crown zipper functions smoothly. 2.) Pilots Navigation Kit satchel containing many miscellaneous items including Burnham's cased China War Memorial Medal and document, bag of insignia including an un-named Air Medal (detached from ribbon), collar insignia, and cloth pilots' wings, modern Republic of China presentation wings (3-inch and 2-inch variety), various ribbon bars, white silk scarf, and four circa 1969 South Korean award documents and certificates.

    Burnham's A-2 appeared on page 76 of Jon Maguire's excellent book American Flight Jackets, Airmen & Aircraft (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1994). Quoting directly from the book, in part: "Robert E. Burnham retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel from the United States Air Force in 1969...Burnham was eventually transferred to the Air Transport Command ferrying aircraft. In May, 1945 he reported to Reno, Nevada and drew a C-46 airplane and a new B-15 jacket. He was to ferry the C-46 to a transport unit in Karachi, India, where he expected to be assigned with the aircraft to a Hump unit. After a review of his records showed four-engine qualification, he was assigned to a C-54 unit operating out of Tezgaon in eastern India. Never having flown a C-54 made no difference, so after three or four stints as co-pilot, Burnham became a C-54 pilot and ended the war with 450 hours over the Hump. He was issued the leather jacket pictured when he joined the C-54 unit; it had originally belonged to another pilot whose fate is unknown."

    Condition: 1.) Excellent. Showing only modest wear from operational use. Tan cotton lining with the usual fraying and wear near the collar. One white leather star lacking from the CBI patch. Jersey cuffs and waistband in excellent condition. 2.) Excellent condition.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2017
    11th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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