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 First Lieutenant Albert K. McCutcheon. McCutcheon graduated with Class 44-F in single seat fighters. His initial combat training was in Curtiss P-40 Warhawks and transitioned into Republic P-47 Thunderbolts. He went to England in early 1945 and served with the 362nd Fighter Group 378th Fighter Squadron until the end of the war. He returned to the United States in July 1946.
Donated by Albert K. McCutcheon
Country of Origin: United States of America
Clothing: 66.7 x 80.6 x 7.6cm (26 1/4 x 31 3/4 x 3 in.)
Wool, synthetic fabric, plastic, 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; embroidered Army Air Forces insignia on left shoulder; embroidered 9th Air Force insignia on right shoulder.