Original 1952 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - Size 16
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About this item
An original 1952 Dated Royal Air Force Ordinary Airman's Tunic in a large size No 16.
Whilst this tunic is dated 1952 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working dress and a walking out uniform.
This particular example features brass Kings crown RAF buttons and is devoid of any insignia making it a blank canvas which could be badged up for a WW2 or post-war impression.
Inside the jacket retains its original issue label which states the size as 37" - 38" chest, 34" waist and height 6' 1" - 6' 2". Below this is the 1952 date and the War Department broad arrow. The maker's name of 'Montague Burton' is also present and there is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'C' which confirms 1952 as the year of issue.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 19 1/2"
Waist - 16 1/2"
Inside arm - 20 1/2"
Outside arm - 27"
Shoulders - 16 3/4"
Length - 32 1/2"
The tunic is in reasonable condition for its age but does have some flaws and is far from perfect. There is some limited moth damage which is illustrated in the pictures and could be repaired. Overall it displays well and is still a nice deep blue colour and not washed or faded out. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it has some small flaws.
This could suit a reenactor well due to being a hard to find tall size and will make a good stand-in for a war dated example.