P-38 Pilots with tanker Jackets

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by CoreyM, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. CoreyM

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    I've seen it stated on a few jacket makers websites that P-38 Pilots in Europe used the tanker jackets and overall pants as flight gear.

    If this is true has anyone seen pictures of a tanker jacket with air corps patches or artwork? I've been thinking a tanker jacket done this way might make for a really useful easy to wear jacket.
     
  2. B-Man2

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    At the National Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio . There are several examples of tanker jackets which had painted backs like A-2s which had been utilized by pilots from various units.
     
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  3. Grant

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    Haven't been able to collect any photos of P-38 pilots rocking Tankers, but here area a few A-20 and B-24 crew sporting them. Tanker1.jpg Tanker2.jpg Tanker3.jpg Tanker4.jpg Tanker5.jpg
     
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  4. B-Man2

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    Here ya go!
    Here's a P38 pilots tanker flight jacket.
    Check out the 2nd photo of the patch.
     

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  5. CBI

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    the tanker is my fave WW2 jacket and I love the pilot pics (there are many other pics out there). I have owned a number of tanker repros and patched a few. I think you may be better off w/o patches. I have always regretted the look on a tanker.
     
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  6. Smithy

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    Great photos Grant and B-Man 2!
     
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  7. veli1

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    I concur with you CBI, i like my Eastman A-2 alot but good old Tanker "look" is also unbeatable.
    Here are some pics from my archive...
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    sorry guys, i have some problem with loading pics..
     
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    here it is..
     

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  10. CoreyM

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    Wow you guys don't disappoint!

    Looks like a lot of the guys didn't bother to patch them either during the war either. I jut love looking at some of the squadron patches I've seen posted on the forum but I can see the clean look as well being appealing.
     
  11. CBI

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    you know, many of the real star pilots, aces, etc. did not patch/paint their jackets. They were too cool/waaaaay too focused on their jobs to even think of it.
     
  12. B-Man2

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    By the way I forgot to mention that the frayed right shoulder of the tanker jacket in the photo I posted, according to the placard next to the jacket, was shrapnel from a 20 mm high explosive shell
     
  13. Thomas Koehle

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    some really nice pics of tankers in USAF use there - thx for sharing
     
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