An original Royal Air Force officer's greatcoat which was made in 1945 for 201405 Frederick Percy Batchelor who served with the RAF Technical Branch during the Second World War. Batchelor was gazetted in November 1945 meaning he was made an officer at some point around the end of the war which is almost certainly when he had this coat made.
This is the standard pattern of greatcoat worn by officers in the RAF from the pre-war period and all the way through the Second World War. It was replaced in the immediate post-war years with a new pattern. The coat is made from a heavy RAF blue coloured crombie cloth and features a full waist belt with brass buckle, a 3 button cuff with brass RAF buttons with more RAF buttons which fasten the front. The coat comes complete with a set of shoulder boards which are original to the coat and are a good match. They feature the rank of Flight Lieutenant and are secured with the correct brass King's crown buttons.
The interior of the coat is partially lined with rayon and the original throat latch is still present. There is a hanging loop at the neck and there is a single interior pocket which bears the original label. The maker's name of 'Alkit' is present as is the owner's name and number.
The coat is a smaller size and will suit someone of around a 34" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 20"
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 26"
Length - 46"
Shoulders - 17"
The condition of the coat is very good with some limited signs of wear and age. Overall it displays very well and looks to be totally wearable but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice original example in great condition.