Overall: 3 x 23 1/4 x 34 1/4 in. ( 7.6 x 59.1 x 87 cm )
Olive drab wool officer's single-breasted coat; double collar and shallow lapels, "U.S." insignia at each corner of the collar, air service insignia at the top of the lapels, with a propeller against a pair of wings; shoulder loops which button at the collar end, with silver leaf and air service insignia pin; closed sleeves wiwth a band of yellow lacing around each wrist, a chevron patch with 3 stripes embroidered in metal above lacing on the left sleeve; 4 buttons down the front; a pocket at each breast and hip with flaps that button closed; false belt around the waistline with a metal buckle frame (no teeth), belt snaps closed; 2 panels at the back, skirt is split below the waistline; coat lined with olive drab silk, sleeves lined with white silk, pockets lined with olive drab silk and white earthy-colored cotton, horizontal slit pocket at the left breast.
Gift of Paul H. Downing
applied: corners of collar: "U.S."
printed: label inside inner breast pocket: "BROOKS BROTHERS / MADISON AVE. COR. 44TH STREET / NEW YORK, N.Y. / DATE"
cast: on face of each button: "E PLURIBUS UNUM"
stamped: reverse of each button: "*SUPERIOR* / QUALITY"
handwritten: label inside inner breast pocket: "Major Paul H. Downing / 5/5/42 -- 522"
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