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RAF airgunner's tunic/trousers - history

RAF airgunner's tunic/trousers - history

Code: U24085

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A standard officer rank four pocket service dress tunic with a very good padded 'AG' brevet, flying officer rank lace and ribbons for the 1939-45,  Africa stars and Defence medal.  Overall appearance is quite good but the barathea cloth is a little faded and soiled.  There is some wear and moth damage which is worst in the area around the right armpit.  Further moth damage can be seen under the left armpit, edge of the right cuff, base of the lower pockets and hemline etc.  The tunic retains its original belt with cast buckle and all original buttons (well polished and detail showing wear).  The lining is good.  Complete with matching service dress trousers with button fly.   These are in good overall condtion but a bit soiled and do have a few small moth holes.  Some of the buttons are a bit loose and the the leg hems have been reinforced with leather strips - see photographs.  The tunic label has been removed but this uniform is purported to have belonged to Arthur John Felix who trained as a wireless operator / airgunner and flew as a radio operator on Catalinas, Sunderlands & Wellingtons with B.O.A.C. between June 1942 and  September 1944.  It comes with a photocopy of some of his log book.   I believe the last vendor to be trustworthy and the 'history' is unexceptional but it is always a concern when labels are taken absent.   Please note that all moth damage is completely inactive and the uniform has been stored at minus 18 degrees for several weeks to kill any live moth, larvae and eggs that might have been presen at the time of purchase.  Stock code U24085.

Approximate sizes : Tunic - pit to pit 19", pit to cuff 17.5" Trousers - Waist 32/3", inside leg  27"