RAAF winter service dress trousers : Group Captain I L Campbell

Accession Number REL31350.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Plastic, Wool gabardine
Maker Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory
Place made Australia
Date made 1960
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Period 1960-1969
Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1940-1949

Pair of RAAF blue woollen winter service dress trousers. The front pleated trousers have a concealed four button fly, with a metal hook and bar fastening at the waist. Six plastic buttons are sewn around the inside of the waistband for the attachment of braces. There are pockets at each side seam, a coin pocket on the right front waistband and a rear pocket on the right. The waistband is lined with white polished cotton and can be adjusted by two a self fabric tabs and metal buckles. A maker's label sewn to the back of the waistband reads 'C.G.C.F. A (broad arrow) F 1960 CREASES SET BY SIRO SET'.

History / Summary

Worn by O368 Group Captain Ian Lindsay Campbell, born on 7 October 1914 in Elwood, Victoria. Campbell joined the RAAF in 1937 and served as a wireless operator and air gunner before qualifying as a pilot. He was commissioned pilot officer in July 1938, and promoted to flying officer in June 1939. At the outbreak of the Second World War Campbell was posted to 12 Squadron, and then in 1940 to 13 Squadron, based in Darwin. He was attached for a short time to the Royal Air Force (RAF) and served in the Middle East with 203 Squadron, RAF. In February 1942 Campbell was posted to 459 Squadron, RAAF, and promoted to squadron leader in April. On 16 October he was promoted to acting wing commander and became commanding officer of 454 Squadron, RAAF, based at Qaiyara, Iraq, and equipped with Blenheim and Baltimore light bombers. Campbell returned to Australia where he became commanding officer of 14 Squadron, RAAF, in March 1944, and RAAF Station Canberra in November. From 1949-51 he was posted to RAAF Station Mallela, South Australia and operated aircraft in support of the weapons research establishment at Salisbury. Campbell returned to the Middle East on exchange duty with the RAF in the early 1950s. In 1956 he was posted to the School of Land Air Warfare. Campbell was placed in command of RAAF Station Richmond in 1960. After 31 years service he retired in 1964 with the rank of group captain.