A good original example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat in a size No. 7 and clearly dated 1945.
This pattern of greatcoat came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw use throughout the Second World War before being replaced by the 'New Pattern' greatcoat in the immediate post-war years.
This greatcoat features the correct number of brass Kings crown buttons and a matched set of wartime printed RAF albatross badges are sewn to the top of each sleeve. Below this corporal stripes are fitted.
Inside the coat features a white blanket lining to which the original owner has added his serial number. The original label is still present and states the coat as being a size No. 7 Which will fit up to 5' 9" tall, a 35 - 37" chest and a 31 - 33" waist. The date is clearly marked 1945 on the label. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter ‘Z’ which confirms 1945 as the year of issue.
The overall condition of the Greatcoat is good although it has various signs of age and wear. There is heavy wear to the nap of the wool, particularly to the rear of one of the sleeves and the lower portion of the coat. The coat is still very wearable and displays well but is far from perfect with staining and age. Please bear this in mind and take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
All in all, a good example of a wartime RAF OA greatcoat which are becoming increasingly hard to find. This would compliment any RAF collection or complete a re-enactment uniform nicely.
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