WW2 RAF Uniforms for Sale

From its inception during the First World War to the present day, the Royal Air Force has played a major role in the defence of the United Kingdom. Thousands of men and women have joined the RAF and that has created its vast legacy. During WW2 the RAF played numerous important roles, including – but of course not limited to – the Battle of Britain, bombing of Germany & Europe and commanding air superiority during operation overlord to help push the German troops back to Germany. So, today we will explore some of the varied uniforms that would have been worn by an RAF soldier. All the below WW2 RAF uniforms are available for sale today.

WW2 RAF Navigator's Tunic and Trousers.
Complete matching set of tunic and trousers

RAF Flight Lieutenant’s Private Purchase Tunic

This uniform has been tailor-made to order in blue wool, and purchased privately by the officer who owned it. It has King’s Crown RAF buttons, navigator’s brevet and WW2 medal ribbons, including a ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ palm leaf. The MiD oak leaf tells us that this airman was written into an official report by a superior officer which was sent to high command. For this to happen, the act mentioned must have been of a galant or meritorious nature.

On the inside, the jacket has a purple sateen cotton lining and the owner’s name on a label just inside the collar. This indicates the owner was one C. M. Pearse and a tailor’s label for Hector Powe of 165 Regent Street, W1 (London post code). The jacket is in very good condition with no moth or any other damage, but it does have slight signs of wear commensurate with its age. The trousers are in good condition with only two small moth holes at the front. Overall this is a fantastic period uniform set that belongs on a mannequin.
Available from Selles Military Antiques in Normandy, France for €450.
WW2 RAF Navigator's Tunic and Trousers. Navigators Brevet.
Close-up of the RAF Navigator’s Brevet and Medal Ribbons
RAF Navigator's Tunic & Trousers.
Each sleeve has rank stripes for a “Flight Lieutenant”.

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WW2 South African Air Force Battledress Jacket

There were a number of countries which had troops serving with the RAF during WW2. This flight sergeant’s jacket is for a member of the South African Air Force. It has an original maker’s label along with a South African War Department issue stamp on the inside and an air gunner’s wing and medal ribbons on the chest.

The vendor suggests that it is likely that he served both in Italy and North Africa on bombers.

Available now on Ebay from vendor actio-6286  Starting price £245.

WW2 South African Air Force Air Gunner's Battledress Jacket.
WW2 South African Air Force Air Gunner’s Battledress Jacket
south African WD arrow
Internal label and South African WD markings
Air Gunners' Brevet
Close-up of the Air Gunners’ Brevet
RAF Sgt's stripes, eagle and kings crown.
Seargant’s stripes, eagle and kings crown

A WW2 Royal Air Force Battle Dress Blouse.

A commonly worn style of jacket issued to members of the RAF during WW2; this is the short battledress jacket in blue. This example is a small size and unfortunately it has no interior date/size label but the pattern indicates it was likely WW2 production. Sadly one button is missing and the cuff buttons need to be replaced; however, other than that it’s in great shape. The lower fastening buckle is also intact. It does not look like it has ever had insignia fitted and it has no moth hole damage. A jacket like this is ideal for a display. It would be more than possible to purchase some original insignia and put together the perfect set you are after.

For sale by Regimentals in the UK £175.

WW2 RAF battledress jacket for sale
Good overall condition, with no insignia – it’s a blank slate!
WW2 RAF battledress jacket for sale
The jacket has no moth holes.
WW2 RAF battledress jacket interior
View of the interior

Regimentals Militaria

1942-dated Royal Canadian Air Force Leading Aircraftman’s Tunic

Our next item is a dark blue wool 3/4 length, 4-pocket RCAF tunic with blue cotton lining and brass buckled belt. It’s complete with brass Royal Canadian Air Force King’s Crown pocket as well as closure buttons, an RAF eagle and a leading aircraftman’s propellor badge on each arm. Internally its chest size is marked 35 – 36 inches on the internal stamped maker’s label. And it is also displaying a good 1942 date. Overall, this is a nice used jacket in good condition for a garment that is around 80 years old.

For sale from The Collector’s Guild  $159.

WW2 RCAF Leading Aircraftsman 1
Royal Canadian Air Force Tunic
RAF sleeve insignia.
Close-up of the sleeve insignia
WW2 RCAF Leading Aircraftsman Tunic
Internal Manufacturer’s label – 1942 dated
WW2 RCAF Leading Aircraftsman Tunic
Tunic interior with the lighter cotton lining

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