This is an example of a standard issue Royal Air Force service coat issued at the end of the World War I. The use of the standard army pattern continued with updated RAF insignia replacing those of the Royal Flying Corps. The RAF officially adopted the familiar blue gray color on September 15, 1919 but the use of the khaki army pattern continued to be used until 1924.
This coat was worn by Capt. Pierre B. Pattisson during and after the war. The specifics of Capt. Pattisson's service are not known at this time.
Donated by Mrs. George H. Wingate
Royal Air Force (RAF) tan wool service coat; single breasted with open collar; 4 brass buttons down front with embossed Royal Air Force eagle surmounded by the King's (Tudor) crown; attached belt with brass frame buckle; two upper flap pockets pockets with box pleat; two lower flap pockets; two standard width lace Captain's rank bands on each cuff; embroidered Royal Air Force pilot's badge over left breast pocket (white embroidered wings on black felt, text "RAF" in center of badge surrounded by brown wreath, Tudor (King's) crown surmounts RAF); British War Medal ribbon and World War I Victory medal ribbon below pilot's badge; embroidered manufacturer's on inside collar (see Marks for full text).