RAAF winter service tunic : Flight Lieutenant W F Williams, 97 Squadron, RAF

Accession Number REL28918.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Wool
Maker D L Kitchen Clothing Company, Pty Ltd
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

RAAF winter service dress tunic made of wool gabardine. The tunic has two pleated breast pockets and two patch pockets at the waist, both with buttoned flaps. The tunic fastens with three buttons down the centre. All buttons are made of dark plastic and have the RAAF eagle and crown insignia. A padded embroidered brevet (pilots wings) is sewn above the left breast pocket. Each sleeve has an embroidered 'AUSTRALIA' shoulder title and an oxidised brass RAAF insignia at the wrist. Below this insignia are two black and blue rank stripes. The jacket has a self fabric belt with a plastic buckle and black painted brass eyelets. A makers label is sewn to the inside of the collar and the back lining is stamped in white with the service number '6255'.

History / Summary

Worn by 6255 Flight Lieutenant William F Williams who joined the Royal Australian Air Force on 20 November 1939 as a Fitter 2E. Williams served at Milne Bay with 75 Squadron, RAAF before being remustered as Aircrew in September 1942. Williams then served with 97 Squadron RAF based at Coningsby in the United Kingdom until January 1946. Williams' last operation was crewing Lancaster ND 746 OF-N on the night of 17/18 April 1945.