WWII Hand Painted Bomber Jacket

A “Trunk’s Up” WWII leather and shearling bomber from our collection at The Clothing Warehouse.

Pilots and Airmen believed in decorating their flight issue jackets with various themes.  The number of missions one may have completed (or ongoing) was a common idea.  Also the number of kills or anti-enemy propaganda was prevalent.  Rarely do you see a simple message like the one above from our collection.  Many cultures use elephant iconography for property and good fortune.  Posing an elephant with its ‘trunk up’ is a sign wishing for good luck and protection.  No cartoon bombs or political caricatures here – simply one wish to be held in good faith during perilous missions.   In this context, this jacket is more than a warm coat.  It’s a very powerful and memorable piece of military history.

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