Type A-2 :: 352nd Fighter Group

JACKET - Flying Type A-2 352nd Fighter Group

SHELL
WarHorse® - Horsehide leather in Russet Brown
THREAD
Premium quality 3-ply 100% cotton in correct shade for this contract
LINING
Authentic shade and weave in 100% cotton
KNIT
Tube construction. 100% wool in correct weave and colour
PRESS STUDS
Correct model 'Ball Stud'
ZIP
Talon M42
LABEL
Monarch Mfg Co. contract 23378
STENCIL
352nd FTR GRP

In homage to one of the greatest fighter units of all time, we are proud to offer the 352nd Fighter Group ‘Bluenoser’ A-2.

After meeting with and interviewing several surviving members of the 352nd, we were able examine their original jackets which were famously modified with interior canvas pockets. Having discovered that one jacket in particular, worn by 2nd Lt Carleton 'Bud' Fuhrman, was made by the Monarch Mfg Co, we decided to emulate this by incorporating our reproduction of this model into this product.

The inside pockets were what as known as 'rigger-mods'; occasionally, certain flight clothing needed to be modified to better suit the airmen's' needs. The parachute hut was the place - the riggers used sewing machines to repair various parachute equipment - hence 'rigger-mod'.

As the air war over Europe escalated, Allied air missions were flying deeper into enemy territory. Because of this, pilots were becoming more at risk to capture should they be shot down. Accordingly, an increasing array of innovative escape and evade survival equipment was issued to them. With limited stowage facilities in their clothing, the pilots of the 352nd Ftr Grp had their A-2’s modified by the addition of these two large inside pockets.

Made to the highest degree of authenticity we have reproduced the 352nd Monarch A-2 using our premium grade WarHorse® horsehide

We have used the same quality OD parachute pack canvas, as was used on Bud’s jacket. As you will see from the detailed images, the pocket stitching goes right through both the lining and leather shell, just like the original.

To further identify the uniqueness of this model, every jacket is stenciled in the back of the lining, in correct wartime flight jacket stencil spec, with ‘352nd FTR GRP’.

Special thanks goes to 352nd veterans Robert ‘Punchy’ Powell, and Carlton ‘Bud’ Fuhrman (whose original Monarch A-2 we worked from), and Mark Hamel; 352nd Ftr Grp historian, for their invaluable help in making this product a reality.

Endorsed by the 352nd Fighter Group Association.

Available in sizes 36 - 48.

TimeWorn:
This garment is available with the option of having a ‘TimeWorn’ finish. For more information about TimeWorn please see the link just below here.

Please note:
Choosing the TimeWorn option renders the garment non-returnable. Please see our Terms and Conditions regarding returns if you require further information.


£899.99

NOTE: Jackets that are personalised with insignia, or that are Time Worn® (where Time Worn® is optional), are non-returnable

USAAF Insignia

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USAAF Name Tag Example

Please be aware this is only a representation of the final product. If any insignia is added to the product the jacket is non returnable.

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+ Sample Lining Stencil
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Customer Size Guide

Jackets and Tops

Measure your chest over a T-shirt; it is helpful to get someone to do this for you. Do not inflate your lungs, just relax and stand with your arms out. The tape measure should be run around your chest right up under your arms and held snug, but not tight - this is your chest measurement.

Measure your chest The Size you
should order
in cm
34-36 86-91 36 XS
36-38 91-96 38 S
38-40 96-101 40 M
40-42 101-106 42 M
42-44 106-111 44 L
44-46 111-116 46 L
46-48 116-121 48 XL

Gloves

Measure the circumference of your hand around your 4 knuckles (obviously do not include your thumb). Correlate this measurement with size chart below to assess your glove size.

Measure of your knuckles The Size you
should order
in cm
7 - 8 18 - 20 XS
8 - 9 20 - 23 S
9 - 10 23 - 25 M
10 - 11 25 - 28 L
11 - 12 28 - 30 XL

Hats

Measure the circumference of your head.

Measure of your head The Size you
should order
in cm
21½ - 22 54 - 55.5 XS
22 - 22½ 55.5 - 57 S
22½ - 23 57 - 58.5 M
23 - 23½ 58.5 - 60 L
23½ - 24 60 - 61.5 XL
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