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Edward C. Gleed Flying Jacket

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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