An American 8th Air Force Group
An American 8th Air Force Group - Bronze Star (engraved "Lt. A.S. KOSA MAY 5, 1942" on the reverse, 35.5 mm x 36.8 mm); Air Medal (bronze, 42 mm, oak leaf cluster on the ribbon); and Prisoner of War Medal (bronze, 31.2 mm). Un-mounted, original ribbons with brooch pinbacks, extremely fine. Accompanied by an Army Air Force Aircrew Badge (silvered metal, unmarked, 22 mm x 76.5 mm, dual push pins); Army Air Force Aircrew Collar Badge (silvered metal, marked "G23" on the reverse, 12.5 mm x 39.5 mm, dual push pins, right wing has been severed); Army Air Corps Shoulder Patch (four-color embroidery, 65 mm); two Corporal Stripes (green embroidery on black cloth, 77 mm x 88 mm); two Bombadier Sleeve Patches (two-color embroidery, 55 mm x 65 mm each); two Army Overseas Service Stripes (one is a single stripe in olive green embroidery on black cloth, 15 mm x 82 mm, the other is three stripes in olive green embroidery on khaki cloth); four Overseas Service Bars (each with three stripes, yellow embroidery on various fabrics and in various sizes); "The Vultures" Patch (five-color embroidery on blue cloth, 90 mm); Stalag XVII-8 Patch (three-color embroidery on white cloth, 77 mm); and two Honorable Discharge Patches (yellow embroidery, one on khaki nylon, the other on olive green nylon, 37 mm x 75 mm each). Very fine.This flight jacket is olive green wool and is adorned with a multi-colored embroidery 8th Army patch on the left shoulder and Sergeant stripes fabricated from olive green wool sewn on a navy blue wool base on both upper arms. The shoulders have button down epaulet straps held in place via brown plastic buttons. There is a button down tab on the left side of the collar and when connected to the button on the right side, ensures a snug fit at the neckline, however, the button has been lost to time. The collar is adorned with a U.S. Collar Disk on the right side and an Army Air Corps Collar Disk on the left side, both held in place via dual push pins, the underside of the collar lined in reddish brown wool. The front has two pockets, one on each breast which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look with metal snaps on the underside of the fold over flaps, the underside of the flap lined in olive green satin, while the pockets are lined in corduroy. The front is completed by a vertical row of four brown plastic buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, covered by a full-length flap, remaining invisible to the eye. Along the waistline at the front is a strap on the left side with a brown plastic button and metal clip. When the button is connected to the reinforced button hole on the right side, ensures a snug fit at the waist, the embroidered threaded loop for the clip having worn away. The rear of the jacket has two adjustable straps, one on either side at the waist, with silvered bronze buckles, along with dual button down sleeve cuffs with brown plastic buttons. The inside is lined in olive green satin, reinforced in the armpits with crescent-shaped patches, while the waistline is reinforced with a 55 mm wide wool band. There is a "TAILORED BY CRADDOCKS" label in the collar and a label on the inside right lapel inscribed "The Craddock Uniforms / KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI / COMMANDER GRADE" sewn upon the small inside pocket. It displays a nice texture in the wool and quality workmanship, intact stitching, free of holes and soiling, in near extremely fine condition.Footnote: Staff Sergeant Charles Fulton served in the famed 8th United States Army Air Force, seeing action in the European Theater. He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. This is one of the rarest of all WWII USAAF flight jackets, as very few were produced during the war.