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November 11 2008 at 7:44 PM

Chris Kanca  (Premier Login AOC553)
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I wouldn't rely too much on service number to date the blouse. You should research from a perspective of skepticism and make the item prove its authenticity rather than presuming it to be good and then looking at possible faults.

There are a number of possibilities here -- being authentic 1943 being one. Labels can and have been moved from garments to increase their value. Service numbers can be added by anyone.

Another possibility is that your BD is in fact a converted service dress tunic. I have a few RAAF examples so I'm sure it was done by all to keep an otherwise unservicable garment usable if the tunic skirt was torn/damaged/dirty.

I don't think RNZAF wartime service numbers moved higher than 450000. Peak strength was 41,000 with 10,000 aircrew. IIRC service numbers were issued consecutively in conjunction with the other branches.

This message has been edited by AOC553 from IP address on Nov 11, 2008 8:06 PM

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