An original Royal Air Force officer's greatcoat which was made in 1942 for an officer who flew Dehaviland Mosquitos during WW2.
The original owner of this coat was trained in Canada and bought this coat whilst there from the Ontario department store 'Simspon's'. He flew Mosquitos during the war and became a teacher after the cease of hostilities. It would appear that he carried on using the coat in the post-war period as it is heavily worn and the RAF buttons have been changed for plastic examples which make it look like a civilian coat.
This is the standard pattern of greatcoat worn by officers in the RAF from the pre-war period and all the way through the Second World War. It was replaced in the immediate post-war years with a new pattern. The coat is made from a heavy RAF blue coloured crombie cloth and features a full waist belt with brass buckle, a 3 button cuff and a double breasted front.
The interior of the coat is partially lined with rayon and the original throat latch is still present. There is a hanging loop at the neck and there is a single interior pocket below which is the maker's label which bears the brand name of 'Simpson's'. Inside the pocket there are the remnants of the union label and a tailors label which bears the 1942 date. The name is partially obscured but I should have this in my files.
The coat is a smaller size and will suit someone of around a 36" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 21 1/2"
Inside arm - 17"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Length - 46 1/2"
Shoulders - 19 1/2"
The coat is in worn condition with signs of use and age. Overall it displays reasonably well and looks to be totally wearable but has wear to the belt, discoloration and fading and is missing a button to the right cuff. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which has flaws commensurate with age.
An original attributed aircrew used coat in well used condition.