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Austrian Fliegerkombi - Rear


Used by fighter pilots as a stop-gap measure in lieu of suitable clothing during the winter of 1939-1940, the surplus Austrian Kombis were far more trim and fitted than were their bulky German counterparts. Note particularly the two main zippers extending from neck to ankles. The asymetrical collar was likewise a distinguishing feature of this suit. Photographic evidence suggests that many of these garments were cut down, with the bottom half somehow converted into trousers during the winter of 1940-1941, particularly in JG53.  The Luftwaffe did not authorize manufacture of channel pants as part of the 2-piece flight suits until April of 1941. See Prien, Jagdgeschwader 53, Vol I, 189-190.


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