Original WW2 RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - Size 8
An original RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic dating from the Second World War and in a size No. 8.
This pattern of tunic was introduced into service with the RAF in the 1930s and saw issue throughout the Second World War. Whilst not stated on the label, this is a 'simplified' example which was introduced in 1940, replacing the earlier pattern with French cuff.
The tunic is made from the standard RAF blue coloured wool serge and features a full set of Kings crown brass buttons. The original belt is still present as is the brass belt buckle. The jacket is fitted with wartime economy printed eagle badges to the top of the sleeve and similar Leading Aircraftsman badges below this. The bottom of the left sleeve features a good conduct chevron which are typically seen on jackets worn in the latter part of WW2 which helps to date the jacket.
Inside the tunic the original label is still present. It bears the size of 8 which is designed to fit a 37-38" chest and a height of 5' 7"-5' 8". The maker's name of 'Montague Burton Ltd, Leeds' is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The date is also present but is not legible. Due to the insignia however, this tunic almost certainly dates from the Second World War.
The condition of the tunic is excellent as can be seen in the pictures. It shows only limited signs of use, wear or washing. It is still the deep blue colour it would have been when new rather than a washed out grey colour of a well worn example. It is a vintage item however so may have small issues commensurate with age.
All in all a nice tunic in good condition with nice original badges.