Virtual Museum - Uniforms
In an effort to expand the Virtual Museum, this page has been added
to show a range of uniforms. These come from a collection owned
by Barry O'Sullivan
DRESS JACKET TO SQUADRON LEADER WILLIAM SIMPSON. Circa 1942. Simpson (service number 23103) enlisted in
Zealand Permanent Airforce in October 1923 as a fitter with the
rank of private, after service in the RFC and RAF from 1917 to
1920. From 1924 he was attached to the RAF until 1942 when he
returned to New Zealand. This
jacket is an officers service dress jacket tailored in a
blue bareathea fabric. It has an attached belt with brass buckle,
two bellows pockets on the skirt and two chest pockets. The rank is
that of a squadron leader .
The pilots wings are padded. The medal ribbons are Order
of the British Empire (military), India general service medal 1908-1935
(very unusual to a NZ serviceman), 1939-45 Defence medal, 1939-45 War
medal with mentioned in dispatches clasp, Jubilee medal 1935.
ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR SERVICE DRESS JACKET
ATTRIBUTED TO WARRANT OFFICER VICTOR MCKEAGUE. McKeague enlisted in December 1940 as an airman and rose
to the rank of Warrant Officer in August 1943. He was attached to 500 squadron from January 1942
to August 1942 then 120 Squadron till March 1944. This jacket was a reissue named to 85251 G.A.V. Staples
esq Sept 1940 . The cuffs can be seen with a turn back mark and badge
holes can be seen on the lapel.
This jacket is tailored in blue bareatha with RNZAF brass buttons. Over
the left pocket is McKeague's air observer cloth brevet and a ribbon
for the 1939-45 star.
ARMY OFFICERS SERVICE DRESS UNIFORM.
1943. This jacket is a New Zealand Army Officers jacket tailored in
drab green whipcord fabric. There are 2 bellows pockets to the skirt
and 2 chest pockets. The cuffs have a small vent secured by two
brass buttons and a point (this is a 1930's style). On the shoulders
are epaulettes to hold the rank. On either side of the waist are a pair
of belt hooks. When army Officers transferred to the RNZAF for
pilot training they wore a blue barathea triangle stitch to the
upper shoulder. After they qualified they wore air force
uniforms with air force officers rank. Approximately 250 NZ army
Officers transferred and trained in their army uniforms. After
qualifying some stitched the pilots qualification badge above the
left pocket until airforce uniforms were tailored for them.
This jacket was
tailored for 2lt Alan Mills an Officer in the 3rd Auckland infantry
regiment. In 1943 he transferred to the RNZAF for pilot training.
This jacket was tailored by E.C. Greer Ltd, Queen Street, Auckland. On
the epaulettes are rank stars of 2nd LT, on the collar are badges for
3rd Infantry Regiment with blue triangle cloth patches to the shoulder.
This jacket is shown with a brown leather sam browne belt and brace.
SUMMER SERVICE DRESS JACKET.
Circa 1943 . Officers of the RNZAF could, at their own expense, purchase a uniform for
wear in the summer months. This uniform is the same cut as the
blue version but was tailored in a tan coloured
fabric. The badges and buttons were the same colour as those used
on the blue uniform. Summer uniforms were the
exception rather than the rule and very few officers had tan uniforms
made. This jacket is named to P/O S.E. Sinclair, June 18
1943. The label inside reads: "This garment was made especially
to order for P/O/ S.E. Sinclair, Tip Top Tailors, Canada's high class
tailors." The badges are blue "New Zealand" shoulder titles, WAG
aircrew badge to the left chest, and blue Flight Lieutenant rank
lace to each lower sleeve. The brass buttons are all RCAF
Stuart Sinclair (# 426156) enlisted in the RNZAF in 1942 as an airman
and, after initial training in NZ, he went to Canada as part of the Empire Training Scheme( were he had this
uniform and his blue uniform made). Sinclair returned to NZ and
went on to serve in the Pacific with No. 6 Squadron.
JACKET TO ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE (AIR BRANCH).
Circa 1943-45. Owned by
John Raeburn Thomson Lieutenant and pilot RNZVR (A) attached to the
Royal Navy during WW2. He
flew a wide range of aircraft from a wide varity of locations, most of
which were land based stations. The jacket is a Reefer style (double breasted) and tailored from serge
fabric. There are two
rows of brass crown and
anchor buttons to the front. There are two internal hanging pockets on
each side with a small pocket on the left chest. The rank is that of a Lieutenant of the Royal
Navy Volunteer reserve with a bullion A sewn to the centre of the loop. Above the rank on the left sleeve is a bullion Fleet
Air Arm pilots qualification badge. The cuffs have had a band of leather stitched to the lower edge to reduce wear. Naval officers had two grades of winter reefer
jacket. The first was tailored from fine Melton fabric and was kept for
best. The other type
was a wool serge fabric and was used for general duties. This jacket of Lieutenant (A) Thomson is the
serge type and most likely the jacket he wore while flying circa 1943
TROPICAL SERVICE DRESS JACKET. Circa
1944/1945. This jacket is the same style as the blue service dress
jacket but is tailored in a khaki drill fabric. All the brass buttons are removable and the rank
is displayed on removable epaulette shoulder boards.
This type of jacket was used in the Pacific during WWII. This example has rank braid of a Flying Officer
and has the pilot qualification wings sewn above the left pocket.
Ref. No. 1175. RNZAF OFFICERS TROPICAL
SERVICE DRESS JACKET.
Has RNZAF metal buttons.