Original U.S. WWII Navy Aviator M41 Field Jacket and B-1 Hat
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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an M41 field jacket and Original U.S. WWII USAAF Type B-1 Summer Flying Cap named to Lieutenant F. E. Yarnall.
The jacket it in approximately size U.S. 40 and is in overall excellent condition. It is ink stamped Lt. F. E. Yarnall in both the neck and interior lining. The front has a leather name tag with faded YARNALL and Naval Pilots Wings in silver. Also included is an excellent B-1 hat in size US 6 3/4.
Olive Drab Cotton Field Jacket (also known as OD Cotton Field Jacket, Parsons Jacket, M-1938 or M-1941) was a field jacket used by US Army soldiers, most famously during the beginning of World War II. In 1941 it started to be phased in as a replacement for the wool four pocket service coat, but around 1943 it was replaced in turn by an improved M-1943 model. Due to wide adoption, M-1941 is usually recognized as a symbol of the World War II American G.I.. The jacket was made in a lighter shade of olive drab called OD number 3.
History of the M41 field jacket:
When the US entered the war in 1941, the OD cotton field jacket was the standard outer garment for all army personnel, except those that had other specialist clothing (such as paratroopers, who wore the parachutist’s coat and trousers (M-1942/43) Tankers, who were issued the famous (and widely sought-after) tankers jacket, or in extreme cold-climate…