National Museum of the USAF   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

Home > Fact Sheets > "The Knockout Drops" Jacket


Posted 10/17/2014 Printable Fact Sheet
Aviator Jacket
DAYTON, Ohio -- "The Knockout Drops" aviator jacket on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Download HiRes

"The Knockout Drops" was selected by the crew as the nickname for their B-17G and the radio operator painted appropriate artwork on the aircraft and the crew's jackets. The donor flew as flight engineer and gunner on 26 bombing raids between September 1944 and May 1945, plus food drop missions to the Netherlands and one to Austria to transport French slave laborers home. The spider insigne on the jacket front (not shown) is that of the 4th Bomb Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, based at Mendelsham, England.

This jacket was donated by Mr. Harry F. Hoffman, Pine Grove, Penn.

Click here to return to the WWII Aviator Jackets Overview.

Find Out More
Blue line
Related Fact Sheets
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Blue line
Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.

 Inside the Museum

ima cornerSearch

ima cornerUniforms


tabRelated Links

Museum Virtual TourMuseum Facebook PageMuseum Twitter PageMuseum Instagram
Museum Google Plus PageMuseum Pinterest PageMuseum YouTube ChannelMuseum Flickr Page
Museum PodcastsMuseum E-newsletter Sign-upMuseum RSS Feeds

Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act