Jason (Login jwdp31357) Forum Member from IP address 188.8.131.52
Hi Kim, welcome to the forum, Anon is right sounds post war 1945-1953, if it has KC black plastic buttons. The sleeve eagles as mentioned should be on for officers only, I have both pre-war & early officer tunics with sleeve eagles. The O/R will have the eagle sewn to the shoulder. I am also based in Melbourne, I have an extensive collection of RAAF tunics from pre war-1945. You are welcome to contact me if you would like to know what to look for in war time tunics compared to post war. I can send some photos or arrange a time to meet. Happy collecting.
P.S - I.S WRIGHT tunics around $300 will have an aircrew brevret AG, N, B, S, E. I am their aeronautical "expert" (I say that loosley)
Thanks for your reply. On looking at the RAAF tunic it has a tag on the inner collar with no date but A (arrow) F, MADE IN AUSTRALIA and size 22. It has cloth eagles sewn onto the top of the sleeves as one would expect, has a belt with a gilt buckle (not black as I think a WW2 one would have had), does not have bellows pockets and has sergeant rank which looks original. It is of rough serge material unlike the one 1950 OR tunic I have and comes with a RAAF WW2 forage cap, large size, with no buttons or badge. The seller assures me they came together and that because of a shortage of buttons the flaps were sewn to the front. Rubbish I told him: regulations stricly outlined how caps were to be made and that the reason for the missing buttons is that someone has removed them.
On looking at some of the comments on the forum I see that tunics like this are hard to find and it could be used for display or reenactment purposes as it is very like a wartime tunic for ORs sergeant. No mothing so not bad. As for the cap, it is alarge size but I know a dealer in Melbourne also has these caps for a lower price.
I live in Box Hill South so if you want to meet up some time soon? At present Im recovering from a knee op so an laid up a but but can still get around, cheers Kim