Greatcoat, New Pattern: Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force
Blue fine Crombie wool double-breasted greatcoat. Shoulder straps have slip-on rank insignia of a Squadron Leader. The coat has ten staybrite buttons down the front; two staybrite buttons on the shoulder straps and two on the half belt across the back. The coat has two front pockets with flap and the sleeves have double-cuffs.
This coat was purchased as second hand by Flying Officer Weeks at the time on his commissioning and marked with his name in marker across the original contract label. Stocks of second hand uniform were held at Cranwell for sale to newly commissioned officers.
Weeks (then a Squadron Leader) was a navigator with No. 16 Squadron based at RAF Laarbruck flying Tornado GR.1's when he was deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War (Operation Granby). On 22 January 1991, Weeks was killed in action together with his pilot Squadron Leader Garry Lennox, when their aircraft (ZA467) failed to return from a low-level mission against enemy positions.
(a) embroidered (on tailor's label inside back)
(b) embroidered (on label inside right breast)
(c) typed (on label inside right breast pocket)
(a) R.E.CITY LTD
(b) Cloth Made by CROMBIE of Aberdeen. Air Ministry Standard
(c) Coats, Great, Officers
Rank/Name P/O H P Lewis
Height 5' 6 1/2"
Half back 8 1/4"
Sleeve length 32"