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8th Air Force Air Gunner Uniform with Bullion Patch
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The uniform of an air gunner of the 8th Air Force, comprised of the four pocket wool tunic and olive wool enlisted trousers. The tunic is a pre-war style, unlined, with removable buttons. The collar has screw back "U.S." and Army Air Corps disks. The sleeves display embroidered wool Staff Sergeant chevrons. On the left shoulder is a superb, British-made, bullion on wool patch of the 8th Air Force. On the left breast is a set of pin-back, sterling, Air Gunner wings (with missing safety catch on the reverse closure). The wings are pinned on a blue wool "Combat Crew" rectangle. Beneath the wings is a British-made, pin back, ribbon bar, with ribbons for the Air Medal (with one silver oak leaf cluster and one bronze oak leaf cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the European Campaign Medal with three campaign stars. The tunic has several numbers stamped and written inside of it, and it bears the size stamp of "38S". The trousers are olive wool enlisted pants, also with various numbers inside, and the size designation of 32/33. Both the tunic and the trousers show use, but they are quite clean and in overall very good used condition.