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US 8th AAF SSGT's service tunic with bullion aircrew wings

Article about: Another recent addition to my small USAAF collection, was this nice aircrew EM's SSGT 8th AAF 4 pocket service tunic, and I think rather nice with a bullion aircrew set of wings. It would ha

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    Another recent addition to my small USAAF collection, was this nice aircrew EM's SSGT 8th AAF 4 pocket service tunic,
    and I think rather nice with a bullion aircrew set of wings. It would have had a reasonable ribbon bar at some stage too,
    but this was gone, and as I don't have anything to put there at present, I added the single ribbon for a bit of colour.
    The rest of the tunic is exactly how it was picked up by a Belgian civilian who scored it in 1946 or 47!!

    Bob
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    a couple more...
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    I Love it Bob, But that might because my Uncle Joe(My Avatar) was attached to the 8thAF, 384th BG, 545th BS in Grafton Underwood.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    That's an interesting jacket. Are there any tags inside such as a tailor's label or a QM tag? It looks like an officer's jacket converted to an EM?

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    Quote by aurelius180 View Post
    That's an interesting jacket. Are there any tags inside such as a tailor's label or a QM tag? It looks like an officer's jacket converted to an EM?
    Good Morning from Melbourne !

    Yeah the tunic has an officer quality about it, superbly made jacket, and the only marking I can find inside is a stencilled ' R0990 ' on the lining just below the back of the collar,
    would this be a QM tag or perhaps a Tailor's label by chance ??

    Thanks again for your assistance mate, greatly appreciated at this end.

    Cheers

    Bob

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    A shot of the collar with the ' R0990 ' stencil on it.....


    Bob
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    Good morning from the US!

    Those pictures make it even more interesting! The lining looks to be for a standard EM 4 pocket but everything else, pocket cut, buttons, fabric make it look like an officer's jacket.

    The R0990 would be the owner's laundry number - first digit of last name and last four digits of service number.

    Generally an EM 4 pocket would have a QM tag in one of the bottom exterior pockets. Usually the left pocket when looking at the jacket. An officer's coat would have a label on and/or in the right breast pocket.
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    Searching by the laundry number brings up 55 hits: Search Results - Page 1 | WWII US Army Enlistment Records

    You may be able to cross reference some that may make sense: Archive | American Air Museum in Britain

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    Quote by aurelius180 View Post
    Good morning from the US!

    Those pictures make it even more interesting! The lining looks to be for a standard EM 4 pocket but everything else, pocket cut, buttons, fabric make it look like an officer's jacket.

    The R0990 would be the owner's laundry number - last digit of last name and last four digits of service number.

    Generally an EM 4 pocket would have a QM tag in one of the bottom exterior pockets. Usually the left pocket when looking at the jacket. An officer's coat would have a label on and/or in the right breast pocket.
    Thanks again, your help is really assisting me with filling in the gaps. I did check the pockets, sadly no other numbers in there.

    I will look through your sites posted (again with thanks) and see if there are any close matches,

    Best wishes

    Bob

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    I edited the above because a laundry number is the first digit of the last name. I had last digit of last name.

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