The Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAero) first issued the M-422 to aviators in 1938. Admiral “Bull” Halsey wore an M-422 when Hornet launched Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25s toward Tokyo in 1942. Lt. Butch O’Hare, the Navy’s first ace and a Medal of Honor winner, wore his M-422 flying F-4Fs with Fighting 3. The Flying Tigers ordered M-422s for their pilots flying P-40s in China. BuAero widened the M-422’s left pocket 1/2-inch in 1941, added a pencil slot, and designated the jacket M-422A. In 1942, the wide left pocket was eliminated and an inset welt pencil pocket was added. Gibson & Barnes makes its M-422A with the wider left pocket, just like the rare early jackets. The Navy’s M-422A specification required light seal brown goatskin with a reddish brown mouton (lamb’s wool) collar. The lining was crimson twill. The zipper was a size 5 nickel zipper with bell pull. The knit cuffs were standard rib knit, but the waistband was a single layer of rib-rack.
Original M-422As had the letters “USN” stenciled under the collar in black, white, or silver paint, but the jacket did not have the letters punched into the storm flap like the G-1. They did have an inside, snap-shut chart pocket and a graceful throat latch to keep out the cold.
Gibson & Barnes makes a faithful reproduction of the M-422A, by using the same drum-dyed, semi-aniline, light seal brown goatskin leather. We precisely duplicated the rib-rack knit waistband. The lining is exactly the same yarn, weave, and color as the original. The front zipper is a size 5 nickel zipper with bell pull. We even stencil “USN” under the collar in black paint, exactly like an original M-422A.
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