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WWII US Navy Aviator's Working Dress Uniform - When the United States entered World War Two much of the military was unprepared for combat. The unforms and equipment employed was very antiquated, most of it dated back to World War one. The US Marine Corps dress uniform was an exception. It had seen some improvement when compared to its much cruder descendant. Both types of uniforms were made of a green color gabardine material. However, the one used in WWII was more refined, replacing the wool cloth.

Sailor's had a choice to use standard issue uniforms or have them tailor made. The uniform featured here was tailor made. A couple of tags are found on the inside of the jacket. They have the logo of the tailor shop that made the uniform.

The American tunics held a variety of patches and insignia in the left and right arms. The rank of O-1 Ensign is present. A five point star is placed just above. Also in the breast area. This uniform has a beautifully constructed bullion set of navy wings. The background consists of black wool.

Pilots were issued standard 3 inch metal wings. However, in some instances cloth wings were used for convinience since they are more closely secured to the uniform and they don't have to be taken off the uniform to be put away.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US military uniforms. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII US uniform worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the uniforms is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the American military uniforms in the collector's market is illustrated.

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Unlike earlier American uniforms, the front buttons were sewn. Of metal construction. Golden color. Bearing the US Navy eagle in the face of the button.

If you have an interest is seeing other US military uniforms of WWII, you can do so by going to our The History of the American Military Uniform identification and price guide.


The value for WWII US uniforms and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $75.00 $85.00 $100.00 $110.00 $125.00 $140.00 $160.00 $170.00 $170.00 $170.00 $180.00 $190.00
Availability Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common
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Jan 11th, 2017
This set is in very good condition. In general the dress uniforms are less desirable than the combat uniforms. However, these type of items are begining to get scarce so the value is likely to go up at a modest pace.

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