USAAF/USN Type AN-J-3
• Vegetable Tanned Goatskin
• Bi-Swing Back
• Correct Spec Mustard Cotton Lining
• Double Rib Waistband
• WW2 Replica M42 Talon Zipper
• Inside Pocket
• Hand Sewn Buttons
• Throat Latch
• Correct spec military-grade Seal Brown knits
The AN-J-3 was designed as a joint project for both the USAAF and the USN in 1943 but only a very few dozen were ever produced. The jacket we offer here is our "standard" Type AN-J-3, the best known of the two versions sampled for standardising, Our jacket is basically the M422a with a leather collar and epaulettes. Our AN-J-3 uses the same WW2 military grade goatskin as the originals, it retains the cotton lining used on the Type A-2, we use original deadstock vintage single thickness, double weave wool waistbands with matching cuffs and a Talon WW2 reproduction zipper.
The AN-J jackets were introduced as the result of the desire to standardize clothing and equipment, reduce inventories, and ease production burdens. The Navy's jacket prior to this was the M-422A while the AAF were issued with the Type A-2. The AN-J-3 was the AAF's version of the new "combined" design but never got beyond the initial trail stages as only a very few dozen were ever produced as, by 1943, the USAAF were committed to the use of Alpaca Wool lined Gabardine clothing. It is not thought that more than a handful were ever issued to AAF personnel while the US Navy's version, (the AN-J-3A) with it's mouton collar, became standard issue. Although there were very few AN-J-3s to start with there is enough historic knowledge of the jacket to determine that there were two slightly different versions produced at the experimental stage. The jacket we offer here is our "standard" Type AN-J-3, the best known of the two versions, but a few AN-J-3A's were made with epaulettes and an exterior storm flap like the A-2..
This style has room around the shoulders and chest (aided by the additional movement provided by its under-arm gussets) but has a slim fit around the body.
We typically recommend ordering the size closest to your expanded chest measurement, but some customers may need to size up for more room around the body depending on their other measurements.
For further general sizing information, please see our sizing FAQ section. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for there, please get in touch.
Don’t worry, all sizing information displayed here is only a guide. Every order placed is checked over by a member of our production team who will confirm your size selection against your measurements or recommend any necessary changes that need to be made. If you have any specific queries, you can note these in the special instructions box on the ‘measurements’ page when placing your order.