Rathmines Catalina Festival Nov 2013 – WW2 gear display

Recently at the Rathmines Catalina Festival, at former RAAF vase Rathmines, NSW, Australia, I went along to educate and show people what the aircrew of WW2 wore in the flying boats such as Catalina, Mariner and Sunderlander. Many people were impressed and veterans were glad to see someone at least trying to carry on their service heritage aspects as a reenactor.

I wore a original 1941 flight cap, a replicated set of 1936 black wool lined flight boots, replicated tropical flight shirt and shorts with a sewn RAAF pilot wings and rank slides and a replicated Mae West 1941 type life preserver.



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