RAAF winter service dress tunic : Flight Lieutenant R Dolden, 40 Squadron, RAF

Accession Number REL30580.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton; Plastic; Leather; Wool gabardine; Oxidised brass
Maker Carr, Son & Woor Ltd
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made November 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

RAAF blue officer's winter service dress tunic with a pair of pleated breast patch pockets and a pair of expanding patch waist pockets. The pockets have flaps secured by black plastic RAAF buttons. The flaps on the breast have three points, while those at the waist are square. The ribbons of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the 1939- 1945 Star with rosette are sewn above the left hand breast pocket. Above these is a pair of embroidered RAAF pilot's wings. The rank insignia of a Flight Lieutenant is carried on each lower sleeve, along with an oxidised brass eagle and crown. Above these on the right sleeve are three red chevrons indicating three years service. The tunic is lined with black silk and is closed by four large black plastic RAAF buttons. The self fabric waist belt has a brass buckle with two metal claws. There are two belt loops on the back of the tunic to retain the belt around waist. The underside of the belt has two black leather straps with plastic buttons to further secure it. 'R DOLDEN' is handwritten in black ink on the cotton lining under the left armpit of sleeve. A white manufacturer's label is sewn inside the interior left breast pocket. This is marked in black ink with 'NOV 1942 P/O. R. DOLDEN R.A.A.F.'

History / Summary

Worn by 412234 Flight Lieutenant Reginald Dolden of Royal Australian Air Force. Dolden was born in Bexley, NSW in December 1914 and enlisted in the RAAF on 22 June 1941. He served in the Middle East with 40 Squadron, RAF and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in June and July 1943 flying Wellington bombers over Sardinia and Palermo. Dolden was discharged from service on 7 May 1945 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.