WW2 US Army 2nd-Pattern Tanker Jacket with USAAF Air Transport Patch. Taxi Driver Style!

WW2 US Army 2nd-Pattern Tanker Jacket with USAAF Air Transport Patch. Taxi Driver Style!

1,300.00

One of the most stylish and sought after (Both during the War and Today!) Jackets of the WW2 US Military. The 2nd Pattern Tanker jacket is menswear design perfection.

Incredibly hard to find in any condition, this one is made VERY special by the presence of a name tag, and original WW2 USAAF Air Transport Patch, meaning this jacket saw use with the Air Force during the War. Not to mention the original perfectly working 1930’s TALON zipper, and remnants of the original tag (Which is missing 99% of the time on these jackets.)

Here is a great written history on these famed jackets from Historypreservation.com:

”Officially designated on 26 March 1942 by the U. S. Army Quartermaster as JACKET, WINTER, COMBAT, P. Q. D. Spec. No. 26A, this jacket was destined to become one of the most popular articles of clothing used by the G. I. in World War II, and was to gain post-war Hollywood film fame when worn by actor Robert Di Niro in "Taxi Driver."   It was originally configured under P. Q. D. Spec. No. 26 with open-top patch pockets and a double-faced cotton twill wind flap behind the zip closure. This revised Spec. No. 26A featured cotton-lined slash pockets and a wind flap backed with the same wool blanketing as used on the inner lining. The jacket formed part of a three-piece suit, including a matching helmet and bib-front trousers. This set was intended to be a winter suit for the Armored Forces of the U. S. Army, hence the jacket’s nickname that would make it famous – Tanker Jacket. Usage of the Tanker Jacket, however, far transcended the Armored Forces.

The inherent stylish good looks, comfort, practicality and warmth of the Tanker Jacket made it a favorite among all troops. Officers very commonly sought and wore the Tanker Jacket, with senior generals such as: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Clark and Ridgeway all being photographed wearing it. Fighter pilots and infantrymen also had great affection for the Tanker Jacket.

The USAAF officially requisitioned the matching jacket and trousers for wear by pilots of P-38 “Lightnings” as the cramped cockpits and poor heat of the P-38’s put these aviators at a great clothing disadvantage when nothing but the bulky sheepskin flying clothing was available for use. Fighter pilots of other aircraft types also took a shine to the Tanker Jacket, finding it provided a better balance of warmth, comfort and flexibility than their leather A-2 Jackets.

Due to the unexpected stalemate in Italy during the harsh winter of 1943-44, standard winter clothing was in very short supply. It was the cold, wet, battle-weary G. I.s of the infantry and elite Airborne and Ranger units who have, perhaps, been most typically personified through the wearing of the Tanker Jacket and its matching trousers. Bill Mauldin, the famed STARS & STRIPES cartoonist, commonly depicted his “Willie & Joe” characters in soiled, patched-up and shredded Tanker Jackets and trousers. And Director John Huston’s award-winning documentary, "The Battle of San Pietro," chronicles combat activities of the 36th “Texas” Division, whose infantrymen slug their way up the rain-swept Italian hills wearing Tanker Jackets.

The basic jacket has been copied many times over in a variety of civilian jacket styles since its original issue to the U. S. Army in 1941 – a true testament to the timeless, classic styling and practicality of the original design.”

Some signs of wear/ well done repairs, but overall very wearable and solid.
Approx size Medium

pit to pit 23”
shoulder to shoulder 18.5”
shoulder to cuff 24”
shoulder to bottom 24”

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