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aswatland

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Hi Andrew

I admit that talking about the "Battle of Britain" and a "1945 pattern" seems slightly whimsical.

However, I think to split hairs, 70 years hence, between September 1940 and early 1941 is just a little pedantic.

If they are making an effort to produce an accurate jacket - and they appear to be trying, can't we wait until it appears before critiquing it?:D;)

I do hope they produce an accurate jacket. My comment was objective and factual. Two panel Irvins were used in 1939 and 1940 and only from 1941 did the four panel jackets start to get produced in large numbers. Therefore to call a four panel Irvin a Battle of Britain jacket is incorrect and they have done this their website for years. Perhaps they will change the title when the new jackets are produced? I like being pedantic about the historical accuracy of jackets-its stems from my training as a historian!
 

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John,

I have one of the Cockpit Clothing Company's (of Southampton, of course) Battle of Britain Limited Edition jackets. It has the same front and back panels as early WW2 jackets but with panelled sleeves such as your example above. The fleeces and 'strips' were supposed to be specially selected to resemble an original example they had.

As I am sure you know they were produced in Summer 1990 to commemorate the BoB. It is the only flying jacket I have ever seen with an engraved brass plaque! My example has never been worn in 21 years and I still have the paperwork somewhere.

Mr. H. Johnson, I've noticed that you haven't posted on here in a while so I'm concerned that maybe you won't get this reply, however if I don't try, I'll never know. My name is Sebastian, I'm son of Peter Sanders, who's company was The Cockpit Clothing Company and the designer and producer of your Jacket. The year after the BoB LE was created, when I was 4, my father passed away, hence the demise of the company and unfortunately I never got a jacket of my own that would fit me today (I have my jacket from when I was a littlun but as you can imagine it fits little more than my hand haha).
So what I'm getting at is, if you get this, would you consider allowing me to purchase the jacket?
 

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I have owned two Cockpit jackets both were superb apart for the zips. I understand that Pieter Devries was the owner of The Cockpit Clothing Co. is this correct ?
Good luck if you are looking for one as they are extremely rare.
 

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I do hope they produce an accurate jacket. My comment was objective and factual. Two panel Irvins were used in 1939 and 1940 and only from 1941 did the four panel jackets start to get produced in large numbers. Therefore to call a four panel Irvin a Battle of Britain jacket is incorrect and they have done this their website for years. Perhaps they will change the title when the new jackets are produced? I like being pedantic about the historical accuracy of jackets-its stems from my training as a historian!

I agree with you Andrew; the name Battle of Britain is legendary in the annals of air warfare. It's not just a general timeframe, there is a distinct and specific time that is recognized as THE Battle of Britain. The BoB clasp worn on RAF DFC medals was highly prized and only awarded to those pilots who participated during the actual dated BoB timeframe. Afew months before or after the historically recognized dates of the actual BoB did not qualify a pilot for the BoB clasp. The term should not be tossed about by jacket makers (especially those in the UK) to describe any Irvin design except those worn during the BoB.
 

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No my father's name was Peter Sanders, Louis DeVrees was the name of the company before it changed it's focus to the flying jackets and name to The Cockpit Clothing Company, Louis DeVrees is an ancestor and the name was used to keep his name alive. Hence the confusion. My mother was also co-owner of the company naturally, she's still live and kicking and I have a lot of the original paraphernalia and the original jackets the designs were taken from, but don't have a Cockpit Clothing Company Jacket.
I know they're super rare, but this H. Johnson appears to have one in as new condition (2 years ago) So if anyone has contact details for him, I'd very much appreciate it.

What did you do with your jackets?
 

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I have owned two Cockpit jackets both were superb apart for the zips.

I have a Cockpit Irvin jacket. I never wear it. I think I've worn it only two or three times. Very nice jacket for what it is, but I prefer something a bit more authentic. Right now I have a WPG Irvin, and I like it very much -- except for the sleeve zips. They won't stay zipped down. Still, until I can afford an Aces High (which I read upthread are very authentic), the WPG is a great jacket.
 

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Are you saying H. Johnson's jacket is a 38?

and sir, if you never wear it, what condition is it in? what size? and would you consider selling it to me?
 

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I believe H. Johnson (not his real name) has not posted here for some time, which is a shame as he has a wealth of knowledge about flying jackets.
 

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I have a Cockpit Irvin jacket. I never wear it. I think I've worn it only two or three times. Very nice jacket for what it is, but I prefer something a bit more authentic. Right now I have a WPG Irvin, and I like it very much -- except for the sleeve zips. They won't stay zipped down. Still, until I can afford an Aces High (which I read upthread are very authentic), the WPG is a great jacket.

Hey, I'm interested in your jacket sir, if you never wear it would you consider selling it to me? Would mean the world. Thanks
 

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A new sighting of Aero's new pattern Irvin has appeared on the sale pages of the site: http://www.aeroleatherclothing.com/product-detail.php?id=1330

A few old model shearling Irvins there as well.


I am a bit puzzled about the Redskin becoming a pre war RAF flying jacket. Till now I actually thought the `normal`chestnut Irvin to become the one and only pre war jacket, to equip the pilots.
Most of the old wartime photographs were in Black/White, so there would not be any evidence from these to prove anything. My question goes: was the redskin a regular RAF jacket, handed over to the pre war RAF pilots as well as the chest nut Brown ?
Allan

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It's a test sample of their new pattern that was made from surplus stock sheepskin, not the type that will be used in the final model.
 
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aswatland

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I am a bit puzzled about the Redskin becoming a pre war RAF flying jacket. Till now I actually thought the `normal`chestnut Irvin to become the one and only pre war jacket, to equip the pilots.
Most of the old wartime photographs were in Black/White, so there would not be any evidence from these to prove anything. My question goes: was the redskin a regular RAF jacket, handed over to the pre war RAF pilots as well as the chest nut Brown ?

Allan

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Allan,

The colour of pre-War Irvins varied. There were very few true redskin Irvins produced. By redskin I mean those jackets with a russet finish to the skin that is very similar to the colour of a hand dyed pre-War B-3. I have a pre-war true redskin Irvin by Irvin Air Chute and the finish appears to have been hand applied. Most pre-War jackets were spray finished in chestnut brown or sometimes in a seal brown.
 
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