Original WWII Royal Canadian Air Force Wireless Operator Air Gunner Tunic - Distinguished Flying Cross

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. A very nice RCAF blue wool three-quarter length tunic that is fully lined. It features a open stepped collar with three large RCAF buttons (lowest missing) approximately 2.5cm in diameter. It is tapered and belted at the waist for a more tailored look with a small watch fob pocket that would be hidden by the belt. A pair of pleated patch breast pockets with scalloped, button flaps, as well as a snap to each corner to keep the flaps flat, as well as two large pockets, also with button flaps are to each hip. A "Canada" shoulder flash to left arm, sewn below the shoulder seam, while the rank stripes with piping in the dark blue and lighter blue encircle each sleeve, representing "Flying Officer" are sewn to each cuff. An embroidered "Wireless Operator Air Gunner" single-winged aircrew brevet with a wreath containing the letters WAG is sewn above the left breast pocket. Also a ribbon bars with the following medals: Distinguished Flying Cross, Canadian Volunteer Service with overseas service silver Maple Leaf. A silk manufacture tag for Smallman & Ingram is sewn directly to the interior over the inside great pocket. The chest measures approximately 38". The tunic shows light usage and wear with no staining.

Wireless Operator Air Gunner’s role was to send and receive wireless signals during the flight, assisting the Observer with triangulation "fixes" to aid navigation when necessary and if attacked to use the defensive machine gun armament of the bomber to fight off enemy aircraft. In the early stages of the war usually an enlisted man, he could hold any rank from Aircraftman 2nd Class (until 27 May 1940) upwards but most often a sergeant. A Wireless Operator/Air Gunner wore a single-winged aircrew brevet with a wreath containing the letters WAG on his tunic, above his left breast pocket denoting his trade specialization.

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