Original 1953 Dated 'Jackets, Khaki Drill, OA, 1949 Pattern

Original 1953 Dated 'Jackets, Khaki Drill, OA, 1949 Pattern

Code: 51000


An original RAF OA Khaki Drill Tunic dating from 1953 but the same pattern as worn during the Second World War.

This pattern of tunic is designated as 1949 pattern as was made in 1950 but would pass for a WW2 example for either reenactment or a mannequin. Wartime examples are now getting hard to find so this would make a good stand in.

The jacket features a four button front with two RAF style scalloped chest pockets and two lower flapped pockets, a waist belt and brass buckle and long sleeves. It is essentially the same as the blue serge RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic but made from a khaki cotton drill material. All the buttons are brass kings crown examples as used during the Second World War.

The sleeves feature WW2 style KD albatross badges which feature a red eagle embroidered onto a khaki background. Further down the sleeve is evidence of where Leading Aircraftsman insignias have previously been fitted. This could be re-fitted or even covered over with Sergeant stripes if the next owner felt so inclined.

Inside the tunic the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the tunic as being a size No.15 which will fit up to 6' tall, a 38" chest and a 34" waist. It also states the manufacturer as 'H. Lotery & Co LTD' and the date as 1953. The War Department broad arrow is also present towards the bottom of the label.

The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been issued and seem some use but doesn't have any signs of undue wear or damage. There are some marks etc so please study the pictures and remember that this is a vintage pre-worn item.

All in all a nice original RAF tunic which would make a good stand-in for a wartime example.