Several of the land based Army generals of WWII favoured a flight jacket for comfort on certain occasions, and no doubt, to make them stand out. No-one did this apply to more than the formidable General Patton.
Patton was a character who prided himself on his impressive appearance. He was immaculately dressed all of the time, and famously known for wearing a pair of pearl handled revolvers at his side, along with an Army Air Force Type B-3 flight jacket.
The photographic record of Patton’s B-3 reveals that he wore this jacket over a number of years, adding and changing insignia over time as he was promoted in rank. By the end of the war he had become a 4-star General, and his original jacket resides in the Patton museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky, bearing this insignia.
Our recreation of this iconic garment however, depicts the General’s jacket as it would have been in December 1944. As a 3-Star General at that time, and in command of the 3rd Army, Patton’s incredible push into the Ardennes during the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ to relieve the brave and beleaguered 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne must be regarded as the summit of his military career. Wearing B-3 jacket and belted pistols, he drove his men on through the harshest winter Europe had seen for 50 years and so was immortalised in this distinctive uniform for all time.
At first, the only insignia his jacket bore were 3 stars painted directly onto the shoulder line, and a beautiful layered-leather hand-embroidered patch (embroidered directly onto the leather sleeve panel - it is not a separate patch sewn on), depicting the 1st Armored Corp - the unit he commanded and first entered the war with during Operation Torch in Morocco 1942.
By early ’44 he had added epaulettes, and had 3 silver coloured leather stars sewn upon them (still retaining the painted ones underneath). By late ’44, and having been given command of the 3rd Army, the roundel device for that unit appears, hand-stitched on, just below the armoured patch.
We have faithfully recreated all this insignia and applied just as his original would have looked during the Battle of the Bulge - the 3rd Army patch is in fact new-old-stock original of wartime manufacture.
The jacket itself was a regular contract-made garment, that being of the Werber Sportswear Co, contract 42-21693-P, and therefore the model we have reproduced exactly for complete authenticity. It was not custom-made for him as is often mistakenly stated.
For obvious reasons, due to the work involved in this product, only limited production runs will be made throughout each year. Consequently it may not be available all of the time.
Available in sizes 36 - 48.