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Irvin Air Chute Battle of Britain period Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture

Irvin Air Chute Battle of Britain period Flying Jacket

A fine example and despite having no label the classic square collar, narrow belt loops and tan cow hide indicate this to be of IAC manufacture probably from a 1939 or 40 contract. This jacket was originally wired but the plugs and electrical connections have been carefully removed. The leather is very soft and just one small repair patch to the left sleeve. All zips are original Dot and in good working order. Inside the characteristic short pile fur is in near mint condition, collar strap and rings in place and the waist belt is perfect. This jacket has an interesting story to tell. We are advised it belonged to a pilot who crashed in Ankaran near the hospital and a few miles from the liner Rex, sunk by the RAF in Slovenia in 1944. The pilot was rescued by the partisans minutes before the Germans arrived. Sadly we don't have further details of the incident. His jacket, however, certainly survived and we very much hope he did as well. We estimate this jacket to be a size 5 and would fit chest sizes up to 42" (107cm)