Long sleeve cotton flight suit : Corporal R Clayton, 9 Squadron, RAAF

Place Asia: Vietnam, Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Accession Number REL35285
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Brass, Cotton poplin, Leather
Maker Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory
Place made Australia: Victoria
Date made 1971
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Australian manufactured green cotton poplin one piece long sleeved flying suit. All zippers and snap fasteners are of brass. The suit has a fold over collar collar, pair of shoulder straps with snap fasteners, throat to crutch zipper, leg cuff zippers and adjustable snap fastener tabs at the waist and cuffs. Fitted with a pair of zippered pockets at the breast, waist, thigh and shin, and a single combination zippered pocket and pen holder on the upper left sleeve. The pocket at the right thigh is also fitted with a sprung clip bound in leather.

History / Summary

Worn by 44464 Corporal Robert ‘Snow’ Clayton, 9 Squadron, RAAF. Clayton served in Vietnam as an electrician, and trained as a flight fitter. Clayton was often required to travel by helicopter on detachment and wore the flight suit (REL35285) and helmet (REL35286.001) on these occasions. The helmet was actually assembled from parts by 9 Squadron’s Radio Section for Clayton’s use. Clayton served in Vietnam from 25 February to 8 December 1971.