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This object is on display in the World War II Aviation exhibition at the National Mall building.


This is an example of a Royal Air Force war service dress blouse. The blouse was introduced into service in 1940 but became an official recognized by Air Ministry Order A1062 in October 1943. There is no known information concerning its use during the war and was donated by the Royal Air Force Museum as a gift for the opening of the National Air and Space building in 1976.

Donated by the Royal Air Force Museum

Manufacturer: C.W.S. Ltd.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Dimensions: Clothing: 58.4 x 54.6 x 12.7cm (23 x 21 1/2 x 5 in.)
Clothing Size: 14

Materials: Overall: Wool

Physical Description:Royal Air Force blue-grey wool service blouse; waist length; 5 concealed buttons down front; two upper patch pockets with box pleat and flap closure; attached waist belt; RAF embroidered pilots insignia above upper left breast pocket; Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon (purple and white diagonal stripe) above upper left breast pocket; embroidered Sergeant's three chevron rank insignia on each arm; on upper right and left sleeves; light blue embroidered RAF Eagle insignia on each arm above rank insignia.

Inventory number: A19751479000

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