Air Gunner's blue RAAF battledress blouse : 460 Squadron RAAF

Accession Number REL/04252
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Brass, Cotton, Wool
Maker C W S Ltd
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

RAAF blue battledress blouse with fold down collar and two pleated patch breast pockets with concealed button closure. Above the left pocket is an Air Gunner's brevet. The blouse fastens down the centre by five metal buttons, three of which are missing, and at the throat by a pair of hooks and eyes. The belted waist is gathered and fastened by a chrome buckle stamped 'WILL NOT RUST'. The cuffs of the sleeve are fastened by buttons, both of which are missing. The blouse also has a self fabric strap on each shoulder secured by a brass RAAF button. The inside of the collar, cuffs, waist and placket are lined with a dark blue cotton fabric. The fabric lining the waistband has two button holes for securing the trousers. There are two internal pockets with side openings. A white cotton label stitched to the left internal pocket reads 'SUITS,AIRCREW BLOUSE R.A.A.F. Size No.16/ C.W.S. Ltd./Date, 1943'.

History / Summary

This Air Gunner's battledress blouse was worn by a member of 460 Squadron, RAAF, during the Second World War. It was retained by the 460 Squadron Association.