An original 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage Cap in excellent condition and complete with its original label.
This pattern of cap came into issue with the RAF during the 1930s and saw issue throughout the Second World War, being replaced with a beret in the immediate post-war years. It was worn by all airmen under the rank of Flight Sergeant and is now an iconic piece of Second World War headwear.
This particular hat is an early war example and features the white rectangular issue label usually associated with caps made in 1939-40. It is marked with the date in purple which reads ‘1942’. The size is also present and reads ‘6 7/8’. The original owner has also added his serial number in ink to the interior which may be traceable.
The cap features a brass kings crown cap badge which is almost certainly original to the cap. As well as this two brass kings crown buttons are fitted to the front of the cap. The reverse of the cap badge has a piece of serge fitted behind the cotter pin which is a nice period addition.
The cap is in very nice condition as can be seen in the pictures. It is still the deep RAF blue colour it would have been when first issued and is not a washed-out, worn down example. The white lining to the interior is clean and overall the hat displays extremely well.
A very nice original RAF cap which is clearly dated. This would undoubtedly make a great addition to any WW2 collection!