BRITISH RAF 1ST PATTERN TUNIC IDENTIFIED.
A scarce 1st pattern 1918 RAF tunic identified to 2nd Lieutenant Edgar Taylor. Edgar Taylor was an American, age 20, who joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917, posted to 79 Squadron in April 1918, a Sopwith Dolphin pilot, he served with fellow American aces Francis Gillet and Frederick Lord. In August 1918 Taylor was credited with the shooting down of a Fokker D.VII followed by four German balloons. He was killed by being shot down by ground fire as he attacked and destroyed his fourth balloon on the 24th August 1918. Standard four pocket service tunic, scallop pocket flaps to the upper pockets with wide pleats, the two lower pockets of the bellows type with straight flaps, all the buttons are of the 1st pattern RAF style, all buttons are original with the exception of one bottom button, which would appear to be a replacement. RAF cuff ranking to the lower sleeve with crown and albatross in gilded metal above on each cuff. A nice set of late WWI RAF padded pilots wings. Complete with its original removable belt. The tunic is completely free of moth, there is one slight nick to the belt at the reverse complete with its rectangular buckle. Tailor’s label to the tunic of ‘Ernest Randall, Civil & Military Tailor, Newark.’ hand applied to the label is a number and the name ‘E.J.Taylor’. Superb quality material, an excellent historical tunic from late WWI.
Code: 69851 Price: 1350.00 GBP