Listed for sale is this vintage B-11 Air Force Jacket with Alpaca hood. Insignia on one sleeve of jacket reads: Army Air Forces (A in Army has faded). This extreme weather cotton sateen jacket is size 38 and is fleece lined throughout body and arms. The original clothing label reads Type B-11, Specification No.
Military clothing contractor is Dann Clothing Co. Bottom portion of label reads Property Air Forces, US Army. My research shows that Dann Clothing was one of the WWII clothing contractors for the government. The Army Air Forces was created in June 1941 to provide the air arm a greater autonomy in which to expand more efficiently, to provide a structure for the additional command echelons required by a vastly increased force, and to end an increasingly divisive administrative battle within the Army over control of aviation doctrine and organization that had been ongoing since the creation of an aviation section within the U. Army Signal Corps in 1914 This B-11 jacket was made famous by Chuck Yeager who wore this style jacket while flying P51 Mustang escort missions in the winter of 1944 over the skies of Europe.Overall jacket is in excellent condition and shows remarkably fresh olive green color. There are two minor flaws: one is a faint whitish hard-to-see light spot area on right hand sleeve (see photo); the other is a dark 1/4 stain line on back (see photo). Close-up photos do not accurately show true olive green color. Measurements: shoulder seam to shoulder seam: 21"; underarm to underarm: 23"; bottom of collar to bottom hem: 31. Jacket has been researched and described as accurately as possible to the best of my knowledge. The item "Vintage B-11 Air Force jacket Alpaca hood Military WWII US Army Air Force" is in sale since Saturday, September 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Uniforms". The seller is "missiontrl" and is located in Prescott, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.