An original 1943 dated RAF 'Shirt Bush R.A.F' as worn during the Second World War.
The bush jacket was a popular alternative to the more formal RAF Khaki Drill tunic and cellular cotton examples like this in particular. This was due to their lightweight, breathable nature which made them the ideal tunic in warm climates. Cellular cotton is often referred to as 'Airtex'.
The jacket features a full button front, large collar and long sleeves. It is fitted with brass Kings crown RAF buttons to the front and pocket whilst semi opaque buttons fasten the cuffs and collar. Plain patch pockets are located to the chest which are typical of wartime austerity measures.
Inside the tunic the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the maker's name as 'Henesty Clothing Ltd' and the size as No. 6. The 1943 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. Whilst the 3 at the end of the date almost looks like an 8 it is not. The New Pattern uniform had been introduced by 1948 meaning that if this was a post-war example it would have the N.P. designation in the title.
The tunic is a large size which is designed to fit a 42" - 44" chest. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 25 1/2"
Inside arm - 21"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 18 1/4"
Length - 31"
The overall condition of the tunic is good with some signs of wear or age. There is a small hole to the rear of the right sleeve and another even smaller hole to the shoulder. It is a vintage item so please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
A good example of this pattern of RAF KD tunic in a hard to find larger size.
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