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U.S. M42 paratrooper Jump Jacket without insignias

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    Default U.S. M42 paratrooper Jump Jacket without insignias

    Hi,

    I have some questions about the US M42 paratrooper Jump Jacket. I've seem many original WWII jump jackets without insignias on the left shouder (pictures from collectors posted in forums of militaria).
    I would like to know if, even the US M42 jump jackets without insignias, were used on combat missions. What kind of units used it without patches? Is there any source of information avaiable on the web where i can find the answer?

    I would also like to know if there was a specific type of the "screamin' eagle" patch (Mark Bando's classification) used on D-Day by the 101st airborne division, or any kind of patch could be sewn on the jackets?

    Thanks

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    Airborne regiments would have covered their shoulder patches with
    pieces of cloth sewn over them when in transit so they would
    not give away their identity to soldiers and civilians alike.

    To find a jacket that does not have any insignia could mean
    it was never issued, or the insignia has been removed.....

    There are many '101st PIR' web sites where you can find
    all kinds of info about patches, etc.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Hello

    I have jump jacket from 503rd veteran and it has no rank insignia and no unit patch. My friend has secong jacket from the same veteran and it does't have any patches too.

    Greetings
    Piotrek

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    My dads 506th. jackets have none.

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    I have a M1942 that came direct from the vet who served in the 502nd PIR. It doesn't have any insignia on it and there is no evidence of it ever having any sewn on.
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    Thanks, Guys!

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    No problem

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