During the second world war pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps wanted to be able to distinguish themselves. The military A2 Bomber Jacket was a way of doing so. It was a symbol of pride and honor for pilots to wear them. One of the first things they would do after enlisting would be to buy an A2 jacket from the PX on base.
Often times bomber and fighter pilots alike would often have their jacket decorated with the same nose art on their planes and other things such as enemy fighters shot down or completed bombing missions. As a result of this there are thousands of unique jackets that range in design and color. This trend of personalizing bomber jackets and aircraft with nose art is still done to this day.
I find that painting new designs or recreating jackets from WWII is a very unique way of experiencing history. I love history and this is a way in which I can help preserve it for generations to come.
In addition to painting flight jackets I also do work on recreating bomb squadron and bomber shoulder patches. As well as doing work on other military jackets and other accoutrements. There are a lot of bomber jackets that have been made over the years and while most have similar designs not all are correct if you are going for a correct WWII vintage look.
For a correct WWII bomber jacket it should have only two flap pockets in front with no slit pockets. Additionally the back should have a one piece panel back. Some later war jackets did have a two panel back but that was not as common. It should range in color from a seal brown to a russet brown. On the shoulders there should also be box stitching on the shoulder boards. And lastly is the material. The most common types of material that the jackets were made of were Horse hide, Goat skin, or Steer hide. While there are a few other details to look for these are the main things to look out for when purchasing a jacket.
I recommend Cooper A2 or Avirex Jackets if you are just starting out.
Below you will see examples of clients jackets that I have already painted.
“I am the proud new owner of this jacket and it is by far the best jacket I’ve ever bought! It is absolutely amazing in every way! And turned out better than I ever could have thought! Blown away at how amazing it looks and fits!!! So thankful to Daniel and his amazing skills! Thank you man! For a jacket I will wear for a long long time!!!” - C. Quillin
“I’ve been meaning to post these for a few weeks now, Daniel is the back art artist on my Bill Kelso A2, 429th Fighter Squadron. Dan was a pleasure to work with and his talent is clearly evident. Thanks a million!” - B. Larson
" Fantastic work, couldn't be happier. Dan was very attentive to detail and nailed the artwork. Exact reproduction of an original example. Will definitely be using Dan for other jackets in the near future." - A. Geisert
"I am blown away by the quality of the jacket painted for me. It is filled with history and whimsy and I look forward to many years of wearing it as my everyday jacket. I absolutely love the look of Donald Duck wearing an oversea's cap as opposed to his traditional sailor's cap. This is the sort of attention to detail and creativity that makes the jacket stand out. It is all I could've hoped for and more." - D. Strong
"The attention to detail is amazing! I love my jacket so much. It come out better than expected. The colors are vibrant and attention grabbing. All of the patches are hand stitched which gives the jacket that little something extra. " - C. Hoffman
"Words cannot describe how satisfied I am with Daniel Mitchell and his work. Thank you for providing excellent quality and excellent customer service! If you need art on your jacket Daniel is your go to guy! The care, craftsmanship, quality and his commitment to his product exceeds all expectations. " -R. Reeves
" I saw how Daniel Mitchell started painting these amazing bomber jackets and asked him to paint me one. Needless to say he did not disappoint when I asked for a Miranda Lambert tribute jacket! " -A. Mitchell