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The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

Cartoon characters with machine guns, sexy pin-ups riding phallic bombs, and/or — for the more skilled — an array of Nazi Swastikas or Japanese Rising Sun flags indicating the number of aircraft or ships destroyed . . . these are just a few of the common images worn on the backs U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, bombardiers, and navigators in World War II.


Whether it was for good luck, a sense of home or belonging, or just because wearing a jacket featuring Bugs Bunny Pulling Hitler’s severed head out of a hat fueled stories for the grandkids, there’s no doubt these jackets will always be enduring icons of a hard-fought air war.

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

16. Props (see what we did there?) to this unit. This jacket looks pretty damn good for being hand painted:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

15. After 35 bombing runs, this probably says it all. TWANNGGG:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

14. Does that type look familiar? During WWII, the Walt Disney Company was much looser with its trademarks when it came to the war effort. Disney designed many of the unit and morale patches used by the Army Air Corps:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

13. Native American imagery was a popular theme, not just because this imagery was born in the Western Hemisphere and is associated with the Western U.S. and Great Plains, but also because the percentage of Natives who serve in the U.S. military is disproportionately high:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

12. Lady Liberty was every pilot’s best girl:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

11. Not just an awesome jacket with great art, using German seems like a it would be a bigger F**k You to Hitler and the Nazis, and it’s a really funny name. Der Grossarschvogel translates to “The Big Ass Bird”:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

10. John McClane preferred Roy Rogers, But the Lone Ranger is good too (Yippy Ki Yay, Motherfu**er):

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

9. Finally, a play on words using an aviator’s term:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

8. This gets to the point faster than TWANNGGG:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

7. The award for incorporating (what would become) the Air Force song:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

6. The thing about being crazy is if you know you’re crazy, then you’re not crazy.

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

5. This way, you’d always remember your crewmen’s names.

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

4. Who among us hasn’t dated Ice Cold Katy at least once? This guy is a hero.

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

3. Nice use of the Air Corps star:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

2. Ramp Tramp – n. military/aviation term for a semi-skilled or unskilled airbase flightline worker, typically a baggage handler or aircraft cleaner. Flight crew and skilled mechanics/avionics personnel would not be considered “ramp tramps.” This is a nice shout out:

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

1. The top spot has to go to this guy. There’s no room for scantily-clad women when you’re trying to work in 100 bombing runs, five Japanese aircraft kills, and 12 ships, one of them a battleship.

The 17 most hardcore WWII Air Corps bomber jackets

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