Royal Canadian Air Force
1946 - 1968

Airmen's Uniforms

Service Dress was worn as a standard uniform for general daytime police patrol duties, subject to local dress instructions or base routine orders. Various patterns of working dress, such as Battledress or Combat were worn on night shifts or when on base perimeter or flightline patrols. In hot weather, dress might be modified, and jackets removed.

Service Dress and Battledress uniforms of Second World War manufacture were worn until the early 1950's, when they were replaced by newer versions. Although differing in details, the new uniforms followed the same general patterns of the older versions. New patterns of rank insignia were introduced at the same time, but it was common to see older rank insignia in wear as late as the 1960s. Although the CF Green uniform was introduced in 1968 for all branches of the Canadian Forces, RCAF pattern uniforms and insignia were seen in wear well into the 1970's.

The RCAF Police 4 Wing Pistol Team, 1967. Flying Officer P.E. Dowden, on the left is wearing the standard officer's Service Dress. The 3 NCOs, Sergeants E. Cassellton, E. Kuzminski and Corporal D.H. Crockett are wearing the airmen's version of Service Dress, which differed only in the quality of the material. Cpl. Crockett was an Air Gunner during the Second World War, and wears the Air Gunner's "half wing" and medal ribbons for war time and post war service.
Photo Credit: DND

Blue Service Dress Uniform

Dated 1968, this Sergeant's jacket is an example of a high quality privately purchased uniform. Identical in cut to the issued jacket, it is made of a finer material and is closely tailored. Canadian Army parachutist's wings are worn over medal ribbons indicating under 22 years of service and service during the Second World War. A uniform of this quality would normally be reserved for parades and inspections.

Detail shots of the Service Dress jacket showing the rank insignia and the RCAF shoulder insignia worn by all ranks below Warrant Officer Class 1.

Service dress worn with black leather equipment consisting of a belt, brace, holster for the Inglis Browning 9mm Hi Power pistol, and handcuff case. Worn on normal patrol duties.

White plastic ceremonial equipment consisted of a belt with RCAF Police buckle, brace and holster.

BattleDress Uniform

RCAF battledress of postwar manufacture closely resembles 1949 Pattern Army battledress. The jacket has stepped lapels and is intended to be worn with a light blue shirt and black tie. Size adjusting tabs are on both sides at the waist. Pocket and front closure buttons are concealed.

Detail of the battledress shoulder insignia.

Detail of the waist size adjustment tabs.

Combat Uniform

The Combat uniform was introduced into Canadian Army service in 1963. A quantity of Combat was acquired by the RCAF and was primarily worn by RCAF Police on airfield perimeter duty and guarding flight lines. From photographic evidence it appears that standard RCAF rank and national insignia was worn on Combat up to about 1970. Name tags were stencilled in black ink on white mine tape and worn above the right pocket.

Shoulder insignia details.

For a more detailed description of the Combat uniform see the "Combat" link in the "Post War Provost" section of this website.

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