This is an example of a standard issue Royal Canadian Air Force pilot's service coat issued during World War II. The RCAF adopted this 1936 pattern coat from Britain's Royal Air Force. There is no information about the specific individual that wore this coat but it was donated to the National Air and Space Museum by the Canadian Forces Attaché as a gesture of good will and international cooperation.
Donated by the Canadian Forces Air Attache
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) blue wool service coat ; single breasted with open collar; four brass buttons down front with embossed eagle surmounted by a Queen's Crown, embossed R.C.A.F. text below eagle; two upper button flap pockets with box pleats; two lower button flap pockets; Royal Canadian Air Force Navigator's half-wing (white embroidered wing with white embroidered "N" and "RCAF" surrounded by brown embroidered wreath; St. Edward's (Queen's) Crown surmounts "RCAF") above left breast pocket; two medal ribbon bars above left breast pocket (British War Medal/Star 1939-1945, Africa Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Forces Decoration); Wing Commander's cuff rank insignia (three stripes each with 2 black stripes with single light blue stripe 1 cm wide) Rank insignia stripes on cuff; Nationality insignia on each shoulder light blue embroidered "CANADA" on dark blue felt; attached waist belt.