An original 1945 dated RAF 'Shirt, Bush, Cellular R.A.F N.P' as worn during the Second World War.
Aertex bush jackets such as this were a popular alternative to the heavier cotton drill tunics also issued. Made from cellular cotton, these jackets were lighter and much better suited to the warm climates encountered by those serving with the RAF in the Far East, Middle East and Italy amongst other locations.
The jacket features an original pair of wartime printed eagle badges to the top of each sleeve and theatre made (most likely Indian made) Leading Aircraftman rank badges below this. The jacket is fitted with a full compliment of brass kings crown buttons and a brass two pronged buckle to the waist. The waist belt features the same four numbers marked in ink which appear to match those written inside the tunic meaning that the belt is original to the tunic.
The original label is present inside the jacket and still bright and legible. It states the size as No. 6 which will fit up to a 40" chest and up to a 35" waist. The manufacturers name of 'Albion Ltd Belfast' is present as is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been worn and has signs of service wear but still displays very well.
All in all a nice wartime dated RAF tunic in a harder to find wearable size. This could be ideal for a re-enactor but also would make a good addition to any RAF collection.