An original pair of Royal Air Force War Service Dress Trousers in good condition and dating from the Second World War.
This pattern of trousers replaced the earlier 'Suits, Aircrew' which came into issue in late 1940 and was the standard working dress for all members of the RAF until 1947 when the 'New Pattern' uniforms was introduced.
The trousers are made from wool serge and feature one rear buttoning pocket, a slash pocket to each hip and a first field dress pocket to the front left of the trousers. They also feature a button fly and have buttons around the inside of the waistband which are used to secure the braces, all of which are the standard black horn type using on this pattern of RAF clothing.
The original label is sadly no longer present but the original size stamp is however and reads '7'. As well as this there are the remains of an Anti Vesicant stamp. Most AV stamped items date from the first part of the Second World War so I would suggest these trousers most likely date from 1943. As far as I'm aware this process was not used post-war which helps to date this trousers.
The original owner has marked his name to one of the cotton drill pocket bags with the service number reading 160232.
The trousers will fit someone of around a 30" waist and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 15 1/4"
Inside leg - 28 1/2"
There is also 2 1/2" extra material in the leg which could be let out.
The trousers are in good condition with only some signs of wear and use. There is some staining to the front as detailed in the pictures but this is from honest service wear and does not overly detract from how they display. Aside from this they are still a very sound, wearable pair of trousers.
A nice original pair of wartime RAF WSD Trousers. Whilst not in perfect condition they still display well and could make a good addition to any RAF collection.