An original 1952 Dated Royal Air Force Ordinary Airman's Tunic in a size No. 8.
Whilst this tunic is dated 1952 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working dress and a walking out uniform.
This particular example features staybrite Kings crown RAF buttons and comes complete with its original waist belt. The belt shows more wear than the tunic, most likely due to it being worn as a trouser belt or with overalls whilst working - a common practice at the time. The jacket is fitted with post-Second World War eagle badge to the shoulders, Leading Aircraftman patches below these and a marksman trade badge to the bottom of the right sleeve.
Inside the jacket retains its original issue label which states the size as No. 8 which will fit someone of around a 37-38" chest and 34" waist. The manufacturer's name is stated as 'J. Harvey Ltd, London' below which is the 1952 date and the War Department broad arrow. A separate tag has been added by the original owner and bears his service number.
The tunic is in good condition overall with signs of wear and age. It displays well but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
This would make a good stand in for a wartime example and could suit a collector or re-enactor well.
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