Original WW2 RAF Officer's Service Dress Tunic by 'WM Anderson'

Original WW2 RAF Officer's Service Dress Tunic by 'WM Anderson'

Code: 55700

£160.00 Approx $198.02, €185.83
 

An original Royal Air Force Officers Service Dress Tunic which was made by 'W M Anderson' an officer who served in the RAF medical Branch. Anderson is noted as being a Flight Lieutenant in 1940 and was clearly promoted later in the war. It appears that he worked in Orthopaedic surgery.

This pattern of tunic was introduced during the 1930s and worn throughout the Second World War. It is the standard cut used throughout the Second World War by RAF Officers with pleated breast pockets with scalloped pockets and bellows pockets to the skirt. It features a full set of brass Kings crown RAF buttons and retains its original waist belt and brass buckle. Rank braid is fitted to the cuffs which denotes the rank of Squadron Leader and brass medical branch collar badges are fitted to the lapels.

Inside the tunic features a full lining and a single interior pocket along with a First Field Dressing pocket. The original maker's label is no longer present to the neck but the tunic is identical to J.B. Shields other tunic in every way. That tunic was made by W. M. Anderson and this one was clearly made by the same maker - possibly even at the same time. Pictures of the other tunic attributed this man can be seen here - https://www.blightymilitaria.com/en-GB/ww2-raf-uniforms/original-1942-dated-raf-officer-s-service-dress-tunic-by-wm-anderson-/prod_55665

The tunic is a smaller size which will suit around a 36" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat the tunic measures -

Chest - 20"
Waist - 16 1/2"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 24"
Shoulders - 17"
Length - 29 1/2"

The tunic is in reasonably good condition with some signs of wear and use and overall displays well. There are some marks etc to the body of the jacket which are evident in the pictures and may come out with careful cleaning. The stitching has also pulled under the right armpit although this and the other flaws are reflected in the price. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age. 

A good original Second World War RAF tunic with some wartime provenance.