An excellent Royal Canadian Air Force officer's service dress, an early uniform to a Flying Officer trained as a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner.
This uniform is regrettably unnamed and unattributed, it did however come from Canada; and given the badges and labels it is possible to build some sort of picture on this basis. It is the standard wartime pattern four pocket jacket, with four button closure and self-belt stitched at the rear. The trousers feature the common high back of the period, with brace buttons and button fly front, with a metal catch the front of the waistband. These features are commonly seen on British uniforms; where Canadian made trousers sometimes feature a zip fly.
The uniform itself was tailored in Luton, making it a British made set fitted with RAF buttons as opposed to the RCAF versions. This is a combination sometimes seen among Canadian aircrew in the UK. The tailors label reads 'BUTTON BROTHERS LUTON', and is a tailors that I have not yet encountered. Therefore this man had the uniform made whilst serving in England, and ended up returning to Canada with it. The Wireless Air Gunner brevet is fitted correctly above the left breast pocket, just above a detachable pin back medal ribbon pair. The ribbons include the Air Crew Europe Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. The CVSM was introduced in October 1943 and indicates that he volunteered for active service and completed 18 months of service.
The jacket is fitted with what appear to be cut down RCAF albatross badges, made with darker backing than the more common 'Canada' titles. These have been hand stitched to the shoulders.
Condition wise, the uniform has suffered a certain amount of moth damage, with a degree of service wear. There is a few small moth nips to the front button of the jacket, and a smattering to the back as pictured. There is some slight bobbling to the wool under the armpits. The lining is in generally good clean shape.
The trousers have suffered some damage to the crotch area as well as the the inside of one leg at the hem. This is also pictured, along with some grease or oil marks, which may well clean out. The belt has been crudely repaired to one side where the stitching had evidently come loose. These could be repaired if desired, and they in no way detract from the overall look of the uniform.
The uniform is a taller fitting size and approximately a 38 chest and 32 waist.
Overall this is a well used set, clearly belonging to an RCAF aircrew member who volunteered and served from the UK flying operations over Europe. The size makes this a very displayable set that would likely suit an average build mannequin. A delightful set, perfect for any RAF, RCAF or Commonwealth collection.
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