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 during World War II by the donor Private First Class Robert Wilber. Wilber served as a mechanic in the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces in 1945 and 1946.
Donated by Robert J. Wilber
Country of Origin: United States of America
Clothing: 71.1 x 82.6 x 6.4cm (28 x 32 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
Clothing Size: 38R
INSIGNIA - BRASS
United States Army Air Forces 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; 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; embroidered Army Air Forces winged five point star insignia on left shoulder; Enlisted Technical Specialist "Engineering" sleeve insignia on right cuff; embroidered Mediterranean Allied Air Forces insignia on right shoulder (white wings on blue rectangle with orange boarder and letter text "MAAF"); two silver wire horizontal overseas service stripes on left cuff.