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23rd Fighter Group jacket

  • 23rd Fighter Group Patch by Cockpit USA

    Cockpit USA's handmade Flying Tiger Patches
    Cockpit USA's handmade Flying Tiger Patches

    The U.S. Army Air Force 23rd Fighter Group, the successor unit to the 1st American Volunteer Group – otherwise known as “The Flying Tigers”, was activated on July 4, 1942, when the AVG group was absorbed by the U.S. Army. Known for defending China against the Japanese during WWII in their P-40 fighter planes, these brave pilots gave hope to the American people in defeating the Japanese during these campaigns overseas. The insignia of the 23rd Fighter Group features a tiger with wings and a lightning bolt going down the center of a shield. These patches were worn proudly by pilots and aircrew alike, indicating their corresponding groups or squadrons.

    Cockpit USA’s dedication to making authentic items spares no expense in making sure every detail is correct. Our “23rd Fighter Group” Patch, as seen on our Flying Tigers 23rd Fighter Group Jacket, is handmade according to the traditional way it was crafted during the 1940s. The leather is hand-printed and die cut. Each patch is then inspected and finalized by an artist who hand paints any remaining details. Every detail is important in ensuring each jacket we design and produce, is authentic and as handsome as the original.

    Members of the Flying Tigers standing around one of their P-40 shark-faced fighter planes. Members of the Flying Tigers standing around one of their P-40 shark-faced fighter planes.
  • History Class: Flying Tigers 23rd Fighter Group

     

    The iconic figures behind the famous Cockpit USA 23rd Fighter Group jacket, the namesake team of pilots and crew from WWII have a colorful and heroic history yearning to be told. The AVG otherwise known as the American Volunteer Group or The Flying Tigers was the first covert fighting force born out of American desire to accelerate participation in the war against the tyrants of WWII, specifically to help the Chinese defend against the Japanese aggression which was unleashed on their country without opposition. Composed of 100 American Cutlass P.40 fighter planes with pilots and crew secreted from active duty posts and initially transported to Burma in late 1941 just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese in December 1941, these few fliers and their worn out fighter planes stopped the air attack, saving thousands of lives.

    After America's entry into WWII, the AVG was absorbed into the US Army Air Force by July 4 1942, becoming the 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force. The Cockpit USA 23rd Fighter Group jacket epitomizes the historic group, boasting their original emblem on the front, an antique silver thread bullion China Burma India patch, an appliqué blood chit along with other authentic decorations representative of their unwavering bravery.

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