An original WW2 period Royal Air Force officer's khaki drill tunic which belonged to a decorated pilot.
This pattern of tunic was used by the RAF in the inter-war period and into the 1950s. Like many khaki drill items, this example is devoid of any labels or markings making it impossible to date exactly. The type of cotton drill used along with cut and various other details however mean that this example was made during the 1940s and no later. It features pleated chest pockets with scalloped pocket flaps, lower bellows pockets and a pointed cuff. An integral waist belt is also present and is fitted with the correct double prong brass buckle. There are straps to the shoulder to which epaulettes can be fixed.
What is most interesting about this tunic is that it has three press studs fitted to the chest which a pilots wing would have originally been attached to. I have laid an original WW2 pilots wing over the studs and it is a perfect match. Underneath this are two loops to which a single medal ribbon could be fitted. Whilst there are no details of the original owner, the tunic clearly belonged to a pilot who was most likely decorated.
The tunic is a small size which will fit around a 35" - 36" chest. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19 1/2"
Inside arm - 17 1/4"
Outside arm - 23 1/4"
Length - 29 1/4"
Shoulders - 17"
The tunic is in good overall condition and displays well. There are some signs of wear and use and there is a small stain to the rear. On the whole it is a very clean example but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice original pilot's tunic - If only it could talk!
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