WWII B-15 "Richard Ebel" Flight Jacket

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WWII B-15  Richard Ebel  Flight Jacket
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Richard Ebel was a radio operator of a B24 Liberator bomber a member of the crew of Lt. Benjamin F. Kelly in the 530th Bomb Squadron, 380th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater in World War Two. This B-15 jacket has a beautifully painted "King of the Heavies" insignia of the 380th Bomb Group on the back as well as the small logo of the 5th Air Group and the words "Flyin' Circus" underneath the insignia with only minor wear. The front of the jacket has been in an unfortunate paint spill with some dried paint splatters on the lower front and the lower parts of the sleeves. Also on the front is the name "Dick" in red cursive that is faded but legible. The fur collar and lining are in very good condition with the original tag on the inside. The name "Ebel" is also seen on the inside lining on the left side of the jacket. Jacket was made by W. & C. Clothing Co. and is a size 36. Knit cuffs and waistband are in good condition. Left sleeve has a slight rip in jacket exterior and there is some wear near the cuffs. Zipper has leather tab attached and is marked "Conmar". Although this jacket has paint splatters on the front, it is so rare to find a painted version of this jacket that it is worthy of being framed for display. Included is a binder with original maps of Devil’s Island and Ilha De Marajo. Also included is an aerial photo of an American airbase somewhere in the Pacific theater. Paperwork present in binder includes an original group of signatures including the commander of Ebel’s crew, Ben F. Kelly, as well as a photo of the crew of the B24 that Ebel flew with. An excellent historical group from the Pacific bombing campaign. See photos.