Thanks very much Paul for taking the time to scan and post that photo. That is great to see, and another small part of the research jigsaw ticked off. I'd guess that the right pocket pleat would follow on from the fact that the miniature RAF wings were worn on that side (I dont know if the USAAF wore any sort of badge or emblem on the left pleat). What a lovely photo, and very interesting to see the caterpillar Club Badge too.
Funnily enough, only last night I was reading a rare wartime book 'I Couldnt Care Less' by Antony Phelps about his time in the ATA (I think it was published in 1944 or 45), and he mentions delivering Spitfires to the Eagles. He recounts on one occasion that having been given the new aircraft, one pilot was eager to try it out and took off for a spin almost immediately, sadly diving straight into the ground '...only 20 minutes after I had delivered it'. (he doesnt name the pilot). He also mentions that while casualties were pretty low whilst they were Eagles, after returning to the US/USAAF '...most were killed later on...' Was this the case?
Thanks again Paul