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

Home > Fact Sheets > "Thumper" Jacket

"THUMPER" JACKET

Posted 7/23/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
Photos 
Aviator Jacket
DAYTON, Ohio -- "Thumper" aviator jacket on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Download HiRes

"Thumper" was a 9th Air Force B-26 Marauder with the 587th Bomb Squadron, 394th Bomb Group, based in England and then in western Europe. Eventually, three of the unit's B-26's carried the nickname, for it was transferred to subsequent aircraft as the previous "Thumper" was lost. The numbers after the Roman numerals on the design indicate the number of missions each "Thumper" flew. The donor, pilot of these aircraft, recorded 65 bombing missions on his jacket, plus two "decoy" flights to help divert enemy fighters from the main bombing formation. The red bomb represents two missions flown against gun positions and railroad yards in support of the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944.

This jacket was donated by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Warren E. Buhler, Rushville, Ind.

Click here to return to the WWII Aviator Jackets Overview.







 Inside the Museum

ima cornerSearch

ima cornerUniforms

 


tabCategories
tabRelated Links
tabConnect

Museum Virtual TourMuseum PodcastsMuseum E-newsletter Sign-upMuseum RSS Feeds
Museum Facebook PageMuseum Twitter PageMuseum Pinterest PageMuseum Flickr PageMuseum YouTube Channel



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