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WWII 10th Air Force Air Gunner CBI Uniform Group
The tunic, shirt, decorated scarf, and trousers of an Aerial Gunner of the 10th Air Force in the China Burma India Theater.
The tunic is a four pocket olive wool jacket with a 1940 dated Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot tag in the right lower pocket, which gives the jacket size as a 36 Regular. The jacket has a theater made, printed and embroidered, China Burma India Theater patch on the left shoulder and an American made 10th Air Force patch on the right "Combat Service" shoulder. The sleeves have Sergeant rank stripes. The lower left sleeve carries three overseas stripes and a single good conduct chevron. The lapels display enlisted collar disks for the Army Air Force. The left breast has a 3 place pin back ribbon bar wit the ribbons of the Army Good Conduct Medal; the American Campaign Medal with a single battle star; and the Pacific Theater Medal with 4 battle stars. Above the ribbon bar is the full size, 3 inch, pin back sterling silver wing of an aerial gunner. There is a stamp on the interior of the jacket that appears to be the laundry mark of "S8669". The group also includes a olive drab wool scarf. On one end of the scarf is stitched a theater made 10th Air Force patch; on the other end of the scarf are sewn an embroidered, theater made, CBI Theater patch above the embroidered date of 1944, and also on that same end of the scarf is stitched a wool Army Air Force shoulder patch with the embroidered date of 1945. The uniform includes an olive wool enlisted shirt with Corporal rank stripes and an Army Air Force patch on the shoulder, the shirt also having the laundry mark of "S8669". Finally, the uniform set includes the olive wool enlisted trousers with web belt. In several places in the interior is the stamp of "Sharkey-8669". Overall the uniform is in excellent lightly used condition, and it is free of stains or moth damage.
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