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 Sergeant M. Morgan Rawlings. Rawlins served as a radio operator in the 9th Air Force 326th Ferrying Squadron in England. He enlisted in the Army Air Force on December 4, 1942 and trained at Chanute Field, Illinois. He transferred overseas on May 2, 1944 and was initially assigned to the 8th Air Force before being assigned to the 9th Air Force. He was honorably discharged on February 4, 1946.
Donated by M. Morgan Rawlins
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; one piece silver stamped pin back Aircrew wing badge on blue felt over left breast pocket; six medal ribbons over (Air Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-Africa-Middle East Campaign, World War II Victory) over left breast pocket; brass U.S. Army Air Forces winged propeller and United States "U.S." national insignia disks on collar; embroidered 9th Army Air Forces insignia on left shoulder; embroidered Sergeant rank insignia on both arms; 3 horizontal gold wire overseas service stripes on left cuff; one gold wire diagonal three years service stripe; Enlisted Technical Specialist "Communications" sleeve insignia on right cuff.