An original RAF War Service Dress battledress blouse jacket dated 1945 which features aircrew insignia
This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps, black horn buttons all round and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck.
The blouse is typical of a bomber command 'Ops' blouse featuring a insignia to one arm only and a brevet to the chest. As a working dress only one arm needed to carry the insignia and there are many original pictures which show aircrew wearing BD like this.
Inside the jacket the original label is intact and is still legible. The jacket is a size 6 which will fit up to a 39" chest and a 34" waist, so a good size for re-enactment.
The condition of the blouse is very good. It is still a nice deep blue colour and not a heavily worn faded out grey like many offered on the market. The blue indigo lining shows signs of being washed and worn as is to be expected. There is also a small amount of staining around the Sergeants stripe which I have photographed.
Overall, a very nice original RAF WSD blouse in good condition with which would be ideal for the Bomber Command collector or re-enactor.