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This type A-2 flight jacket belonged to William Quinn, a bombardier attached to the 570th squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. The 570th squadron insignia patch, a joker with 4 aces behind it, is sewn to the front left of the jacket. There is a name plate above the patch which reads “W.H. Quinn”. On the back of the jacket the name “Shuttle Baby” is painted in green and yellow above a painting of a B-17’s nose turret. Below the nose turret there are 35 bombs painted in yellow, signifying Quinn’s 35 successful missions. Also notice the Russian Red Star symbol, denoting a "shuttle run" to Russian controlled territory, and a windmill and white food bag, denoting participation in Operation Chowhound, the late-war effort to drop food to the starving Dutch people.

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390th Bomb Group
This type A-2 flight jacket belonged to William Quinn, a bombardier attached to the 570th squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. The 570th squadron insignia patch, a joker with 4 aces behind it, is sewn to the front left of the jacket. There is a name plate above the patch which reads “W.H. Quinn”. On the back of the jacket the name “Shuttle Baby” is painted in green and yellow above a painting of a B-17’s nose turret. Below the nose turret there are 35 bombs painted in yellow, signifying Quinn’s 35 successful missions.  Also notice the Russian Red Star symbol, denoting a "shuttle run" to Russian controlled territory, and a windmill and white food bag, denoting participation in Operation Chowhound, the late-war effort to drop food to the starving Dutch people.