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Old 10-15-2019, 06:33 AM   #1
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Hello to all!
I would like to post some pictures of a jacket who has been in my collection since many, many years.
A fellow collector and forum member has shown his interest on it, and I have proposed him to post some images openly here on Waf, to have some inputs and comments from other collectors as well.
It’s mid/late “Rbnr” fliegerbluse, rayon lining, dated 43.
The Fliegerbluse is one of my favourites, with its peculiarity of being a typical enlisted wool bluse, but perfectly fashioned and privately tailored to match the features of an officers’ version, most likely to still get a stronger jacket for duty/field/combat use, but in a nicer looking “cut”.
It has seen definitely some use at war (I’d say gently used), without any significant damage. All insignia have been originally applied when the jacket was tailored: the owner has chosen to keep the original machine stitched enlisted men’s cotton eagle, remove the loops for enlisted/nco’s shoulder straps and replace them with officer’s straps: a very high quality tailoring job, of which of course traces are still visible in the lining.
Collar tabs have been machine stitched as well, and in such a way, that no stiching is visible on the collar tabs front! I still can’t guess how the tailor could make this possible…
The flaps have been removed expertly from the pockets, again, to match the officers’ version. Several decorations have been in wear on this jacket, and the owner chosen to wear them on by means of holes made directly to the jacket fabric, rather than using more fragile cotton thread loops: the holes have been reinforced by stitching, to prevent the wool to be broken or ripped under stress. It’s a smart, stronger alternative to the classic award loops, which I have some times seen on other jackets as well.
On the left arm the AFRIKA cufftitle is handstitched, quite simplyly I’d say, while on the other arm there are clear traces of wear of a geschwader cufftitle.
It has been formerly found as such, without the Geschwader cufftitle, and complete of AFRIKA cufftitle and all of owner’s badges on, a real beauty. Pilots’, spange, EK, wound, and another (which honestly I do not remember). The asking price was far below market value even back then, but unfortunately I had no money left on the spot… A friend of mine kindly lent me the necessary amount, but… I committed to give it back to him quickly. So, sadly, I had to take the hard decision to sell the badges quickly as well, in order to raise enough funds to pay off my debt in full, and thus keep the jacket. I am still regretting this, but I was much younger and money available was tight.
Have always chosen to leave the jacket as it surfaced, without restoring its missing Geschwader cufftitle: my guess is that the owner, toward the end of the war, was re-assigned to ground duties, like happened to many flying personnel, and most likely removed the cufftitle himself.
Many thanks in advance to all for your thoughts.
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:40 AM   #2
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:50 AM   #4
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:24 AM   #5
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To me, all looks 100% wartime. Killer piece.
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:08 PM   #6
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What a beauty !!

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Old 10-16-2019, 04:10 AM   #7
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Spectacular with the Afrika ct. I would not mind owning it. J
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:53 AM   #8
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Very nice and desirable. I too would be very pleased to own it.

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Old 10-16-2019, 03:55 PM   #9
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Hello Daniele

I love it! I remember the other FB that was posted a few months back and they’re both great looking and very desirable!

You have good taste in uniforms!

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Old 10-16-2019, 06:08 PM   #10
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Certainly an unusual, and interesting, Fliegerbluse. I think it is cool and can find nothing to be critical of, except the application of the Afrika CT.....IMO.
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:31 AM   #11
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Seems there was once a squadron cufftittle in the other sleeve
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:17 PM   #12
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Seems there was once a squadron cufftittle in the other sleeve
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:27 PM   #13
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Seems there was once a squadron cufftittle in the other sleeve
Daniele says so in his description:

"Have always chosen to leave the jacket as it surfaced, without restoring its missing Geschwader cufftitle: my guess is that the owner, toward the end of the war, was re-assigned to ground duties, like happened to many flying personnel, and most likely removed the cufftitle himself."
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Old 10-24-2019, 04:49 PM   #14
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Just a couple of lines to say "thank you" to all of those who so kindly posted comments.

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