A good example of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers dated 1947 but identical to wartime pattern.
This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black plastic brace buttons around the outside of the trousers.
The original label is still present to the rear of the trousers and is bright and clear. It states 'Trousers, O.A. Size 17'. The 1947 date is in evidence as is the War Department broad arrow marking and manufactures name which in this instance is 'R.O.F Chorley'. The trousers are designed to fit up to a 33"-34 waist and have a 30 1/2" inside leg according to the label. They are in fact smaller than this and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 15 1/2"
Inside leg - 30"
The overall condition of the trousers is good with only limited signs of wear and age. There is a small amount of staining but nothing that is not to be expected with a pair of vintage military issue trousers.
A good pair of trousers which would be ideal for a WW2 re-enactor or could make a good stop gap for a wartime pair.
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