A nice original Royal Air Force officer's service dress tunic dating from the Second World War and in good condition.
This tunic belonged to an airmen who served with the RAF as an Air Gunner. It is made from the standard RAF blue-grey coloured barathea wool as used for officers' tunics during WW2 and features the correct four button front fastening. This was replaced in 1947 with a three button version. The jacket features a full set of brass King's crown RAF buttons as well as a brass waist belt buckle. Above the left breast pocket is a padded Air Gunner brevet which shows signs of wear. Two rank bands are fitted to the lower portion of each sleeve which denote the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
The interior of the jacket features a full lining and a hanging loop at the neck. There is an interior pocket as well as a First Field Dressing pocket located to the skirt. The original label is also found inside the jacket and bears the maker's name of 'Montague Burton' along with typical period graphics. This label was used by Burton during the 1930s and into the 1940s.
The tunic is a smaller size which will suit a 34" chest. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19 1/2"
Waist - 15 1/2"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulder - 16 1/2"
Length - 30"
The jacket is in good condition and displays well. It looks to be very wearable with some signs of age and use. There are no serious flaws or damage but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage item with small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice original aircrew tunic with an excellent label and a very nice brevet. This would make a great addition to any RAF collection!
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