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The Type M1944 tunic also known as the "Ike" Jacket was an American adaptation of the British issued battle dress blouse. By the end of the war the M1944 replaced the longer Type M1939, M1940, and M1942 style coats.
This tunic was worn by the donor Staff Sergeant Walter Kramer. Kramer served as an aerial gunner on Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" bombers of the 491st Heavy Bombardment Group.
Donated by Walter J. Kramer
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Type 1944 tunic; olive drab wool "Ike" jacket with five hidden buttons down front; two patch pockets with flap and box pleat; drop fall collar; waist belt; silver wire on blue felt Aerial gunner badge over left breast pocket; gold embroidered Honorable Discharge (Ruptured Duck) insignia over right pocket; brass U.S. Army Air Forces winged propeller and United States "U.S." national insignia disks on collar; sewn on embroidered Staff Sergeant rank insignia on each sleeve; gold wire on blue felt 8th Air Force unit insignia on left shoulder; Enlisted Technical Specialist "Armament" sleeve insignia on right cuff.