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These were worn on the Army Ikes before the new blue uniform came out.The same hat badge was also used later for females in the Army, but originally were USAF enlisted . James Jabara, the first USAF all jet ace from the Korean War. On the right is General Hoyt Vandenberg who at the time of the photo was Chief of Staff USAF.Transitional and Korean War era USAF is one of the most undocumented and underappreciated areas of US military history and collecting. Gary I once saw an AF blue Ike jacket like that shown at the top, but with ARMY labels! I have also seen OD wool Ikes with the new AF chevrons -- definitely transtitional. This came from the same estate as the Ike and bush jackets above: this guy enlisted in AAF in 1944 and retired from USAF in 1964 and left two trunks of uniforms spanning the years.
If we can get enough photos we might break them out into categories but for now let's see what we can come up with and provide create a reference source for early USAF uniforms.
I'll start with a 1949 USAF jacket: This photo is seen in various places on the web and it's one of my favorite USAF photos: the 1956 summer uniform with khaki shorts: As noted on the Air Force Association website at the summer uniform also included long pants and the bush coat: Here is a set of USAF EM collar discs and possible early USAF hat emblem from the late 1940's or early 1950's.
Nevertheless, the shirt shows signs of wear: Is there any sign that chevrons were removed?
I agree with Admin as to worn in Japan in 1950s: The red stitching in the collar band above the "Creighton" label is a Japanese laundry mark (probably the shirt owner's name).
There are no chevrons but I had thought the officers collar insignia did not have the circle around the the US.