An original 1943 dated Royal Air Force Officer's Greatcoat made by 'R. W. Forsyth' for H. M. Donaldson.
This is the standard pattern of greatcoat worn by officers in the RAF from the pre-war period, all the way throughou the Second World War. It was replaced in the immeditate post-war years with a new pattern. The coat is made from a heavy RAF blue cloth and features a full waist belt with brass buckle, a 3 button cuff with brass RAF buttons with more RAF buttons which fasten the front.
The interior of the coat is partially lined with rayon and the original throat latch is still present. There is a single interior pocket which bears the original label. The makers name is present as is the owners name of H. M. Donaldson and the date of 12th of May 1943. It is possible that the coat belonged to Hugh McCallum Donaldson who enlisted in Edinburgh.
The coat comes complete with a set of shoulder boards which are original to the coat and are a good match. They feature the rank of Flight Lieutenant and are secured with the correct brass King's crown buttons.
The coat is a medium size and will suit someone of around a 40" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 23 1/2"
Inside arm - 19"
Outside arm - 27"
Length - 49"
Shoulders - 19"
The condition of the coat is good for its age. It displays well with only limited signs of wear and age. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item.
Overall anice original wartime Greatcoat which would be ideal for a reenactor or collector.