BRITISH WWI 1ST PATTERN RAF OFFICERS TUNIC. IDENTIFIED.
A rare tunic being the khaki 1st model RAF tunic. Super condition, no moth damage, good size, excellent nap to cloth. Open collar wear with all the buttons, which include the four closure buttons and the four pocket buttons matching with the crown over the flying eagle. A matched set of albatross with crown above to each lower sleeve with a single rank strip of cream and light blue to the cuffs. A padded observers wing to the upper right hand breast as the tunic is viewed. Fully lined to the interior. To the inside pocket the stitched label reads Poole of Savile Row London dated ‘1918’ with the name applied ‘A. Hesketh’. The tunic is complete with its original waist belt. The tunic was the property of 2nd Lieutenant Allen Hesketh who retired in 1952 as an Air Vice Marshall. Born 5th July 1899, died 9th March 1973. Awards include Commander of the Bath, OBE., DFC., two Mention in Despatches plus other engineering degrees. Pilot Officer August 1919, Observer Officer 1920, Flying Officer 1922, flight Lieutenant 1927, Squadron Leader 1936, Wing Commander 1939, Group Captain 1941, Air Commodore 1944, Air Vice Marshall 1949. He served as an observer in 205 Squadron, subsequently in 1919 he served with 47 Squadron in South Russia and had an enormous amount of appointments serving completely within the then RAF from 1918 through to 1952. He was wounded during the low level reconnaissance sortie on the 22nd October 1918 and in 1922 he survived a crash at Farnborough where his pilot died in the crash. A beautiful tunic with good history.
Code: 68876 Price: 1350.00 GBP