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As we reflect on Pearl Harbor Day, here’s something to keep in mind: The “men” who fought and died for the United States in World War ...

The venerable Army Air Corps A-2 leather jacket – the definitive war-era outerwear to spark generations of leaders and rebels, heroes and rogues.

The venerable Army Air Corps A-2 leather jacket – the definitive war-era outerwear to spark generations of leaders and rebels, heroes and rogues.

Men of the US Army Air Forces treasured their Type A-2 leather flight jackets and decorated them with patches, insignia and bawdy paintings.

The badass bomber jackets of WWII airmen

Men of the US Army Air Forces treasured their Type A-2 leather flight jackets and decorated them with patches, insignia and bawdy paintings.

"What's Cookin' "  401st Bomb Group.

"What's Cookin' " 401st Bomb Group.

Sgt George C C "Titch" Palliser came from No 43 Squadron RAF when he joined No 249 Squadron RAF at RAF North Weald on 14 September 1940. He had a narrow escape on 29 October. When he was taking off from the former airfield and came under attack by bombers, debris hit Hurricane Mk I GN-H, damaging the propeller. With the aircraft shaking violently, he managed to circle the airfield and land. Palliser claimed 8 victories during the Battle of Britain.

Sgt George C C "Titch" Palliser came from No 43 Squadron RAF when he joined No 249 Squadron RAF at RAF North Weald on 14 September 1940. He had a narrow escape on 29 October. When he was taking off from the former airfield and came under attack by bombers, debris hit Hurricane Mk I GN-H, damaging the propeller. With the aircraft shaking violently, he managed to circle the airfield and land. Palliser claimed 8 victories during the Battle of Britain.

vintage everyday: Bomber Jacket Art – See U.S. Air Force Pilots Personalized Nose Art on Their A-2 Flight Jackets During WWII

vintage everyday: Bomber Jacket Art – See U.S. Air Force Pilots Personalized Nose Art on Their A-2 Flight Jackets During WWII

B-17 Flying Fortress - Miss Quachita inspected by the man who shot her down; Heinz Bär ~ Who looks like he's wearing an American A2 Flight Jacket.

B-17 Flying Fortress - Miss Quachita inspected by the man who shot her down; Heinz Bär ~ Who looks like he's wearing an American A2 Flight Jacket.

F/L John A "Johnny" Kent is flanked by F/O Officer Zdzisław K Henneberg (left) and F/O Marian Pisarek of No 303 Squadron RAF at RAF Leconfield on 24 October 1940. Until 1941, all RAF command posts in Polish fighter squadrons were doubled, so when the former Canadian pilot was made A flight commander in July, destroying 4 enemy aircraft by October, he was joined in September by Henneberg who scored 8 victories during the Battle of Britain.

F/L John A "Johnny" Kent is flanked by F/O Officer Zdzisław K Henneberg (left) and F/O Marian Pisarek of No 303 Squadron RAF at RAF Leconfield on 24 October 1940. Until 1941, all RAF command posts in Polish fighter squadrons were doubled, so when the former Canadian pilot was made A flight commander in July, destroying 4 enemy aircraft by October, he was joined in September by Henneberg who scored 8 victories during the Battle of Britain.

Glider pilots Sam Altman, Frank Randall, and Troy Shaw of the 1st Air Command Group goof around for a photographer in India in 1944.

Glider pilots Sam Altman, Frank Randall, and Troy Shaw of the 1st Air Command Group goof around for a photographer in India in 1944.

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