An original RAF 'Shirt Bush R.A.F' as worn during the Second World War.
The bush jacket was a popular alternative to the more formal RAF Khaki Drill tunic and cellular cotton examples like this in particular. This was due to their lightweight, breathable nature which made them the ideal tunic in warm climates. Cellular cotton is often referred to as 'Airtex'. This example does not have a clear date but is identical to 1943 and 1945 dated examples which can be viewed on my website.
The jacket features a full button front, large collar and long sleeves. It is fitted with black plastic Kings crown RAF buttons to the front and pockets as are often found on this pattern. Plain patch pockets are located to the chest which are typical of wartie austerity measures and plastic buttons fasten the cuff. Tropical pattern white corporal stripes are fitted to each sleeve which are undoubtedly original to the tunic. The shirt is clearly unmolested and as worn by the original owner.
Inside the tunic the original label is still present and some details remain legible. The size of 3 can clearly be seen as the first three numerals of the date which read '194'.
The overall condition of the tunic is good with some signs of wear or age. It is a vintage item so please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
A nice example of this pattern of an RAF KD tunic which appears to be untouched since the 1940s.
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