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Postwar RAAF Battledress

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    Hi all, this is my postwar RAAF Battledress, there's no date inside or on it and unfortunately all patches were removed. I thought I'd post it as I haven't posted anything for a while. Sorry, photos aren't the best.


    Matt

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    Is there a chance that it's RNZAF or RCAF?

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    Here is my unissued example for comparison, if that helps.

    Cheers,
    Oz.


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    There were a couple of postwar variations to the RAAF BD. Early ones can be found in a coarse serge wool. Later ones in the same smooth twill as the service dress. All of mine have non-functioning wrist cuffs with the decorative, pointed cuff.

    I've not seen an RAAF example in this cut before -- similar to the postwar Canadian BD cut.

    Tough to tell from photos, but the color appears more blue-grey than midnight blue.

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    Thanks, the cuffs do function, and it seems to be in the smoother twill rather than serge wool, the pictures don't really do any justice for the colour.

    Matt

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    Interesting jacket. Externally, it's very similar to the postwar Canadian army BD pattern with 3-piece construction and wide lapels.

    Internals are also something of a hybrid. My wartime RAAF BD blouses all have black drill reinforcings on the interior. Same for my postwar blouses. Strange to see the purplish RAF-style drill bits on the interior.

    Buttons are clearly Australian-type. Not sure if RNZAF used the same buttons?

    No sign of a label or makers marks?

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    It did have a label but it appears to have been cut out at some point.
    I can take better pictures if required.

    Matt

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