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Edward C. Gleed Flying Jacket

Wearing the jacket on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Capt. (later Col.) Edward C. Gleed (right), the 332nd Fighter Group’s operations officer and Lt. (later Lt. Col.) Woodrow W. Crockett (center) plan for a mission in March 1945. Note that Gleed later removed the 15th Air Force emblem from the jacket’s left sleeve. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Wearing the jacket on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Capt. (later Col.) Edward C. Gleed (right), the 332nd Fighter Group’s operations officer and Lt. (later Lt. Col.) Woodrow W. Crockett (center) plan for a mission in March 1945. Note that Gleed later removed the 15th Air Force emblem from the jacket’s left sleeve. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- This World War II flying jacket belonged to Tuskegee Airman Col. (Ret.) Edward C. Gleed and is on display in Tuskegee Airmen exhibit in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- This World War II flying jacket belonged to Tuskegee Airman Col. (Ret.) Edward C. Gleed and is on display in Tuskegee Airmen exhibit in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

This World War II flying jacket belonged to Tuskegee Airman Col. (Ret.) Edward C. Gleed. Enlisting in the 9th Calvary in 1941, Gleed was assigned to military intelligence. In 1942 he entered aviation cadet training at Tuskegee, Ala., and graduated in December as a second lieutenant. During WWII, Gleed became the 332nd Fighter Group's operations officer. He is officially credited with two kills. The artwork on the back of the jacket represents the red-tailed, red-nosed P-51 Mustang aircraft flown by the 332nd Fighter Group.

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