Original 1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Size 9
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About this item
An original Royal Air Force War Service Dress Blouse made in 1945 and in excellent unworn condition.
This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the metal slider waist buckle, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. Standard Black plastic buttons are fitted to the jacket. The jacket is fitted with original wartime economy printed RAF eagle badges to the top of each sleeve.
Inside the jacket the original label is present and is still bright and legible. It bears the title 'War Service Dress Blouse' and states the size as No. 9. The manufacturer's name of 'L. Harris Ltd ' is also present below which is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
The jacket is designed to fit a 39" - 40" chest and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Waist - 17"
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 18"
Length - 21"
The jacket is in nice excellent condition with next to no signs of wear or use. It is still the deep blue coloured it would have been when new and is not washed or faded out. It appears to be an unissued, deadstock example and has no flaws aside from a couple of marks around the collar lining from storage as illustrated in the pictures. It is a vintage, pre-owned item so please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
All in all an excellent example of a wartime RAF WSD Blouse which displays exceptionally well. This would make a fine addition to any RAF collection.