R.A.F. :: 1940 Pattern Battle of Britain

JACKET - R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Battle of Britain model

Premium selection ¾” sheepskin
Veg-tanned aniline dyed top-grain hide
Authentic RAF mil-spec custom-made
Printed linen
Black elastic, RAF spec
Authentic custom-made wartime style

Originally designed by parachute pioneer Leslie Irvin in the early 1930s, the RAF sheepskin flying jacket was the only issue flying jacket made from animal skin in the service.

The design was approved by the Air Ministry in 1932, and although often referred to as the 'Irvin' its production was contracted out to many manufacturers in order to meet demand.

The pre and early war jackets (such as the model advertised here) were manufactured with undivided one-piece body and sleeve panels. This produced an amazing looking jacket, but proved to consume an extravagant amount of material.

With the coming of war and the demand for greater quantities of jackets a more efficient use of the material was devised. The full piece panels were divided and subdivided into small pieces, resulting in a design made up of more seams.

In the Summer of 1940 the most famous air battle of the war took place over Southern England and the channel - The Battle of Britain. Although only just around the corner, the multi-panel jackets had not yet come into being, so the full-panel garments were all that were being worn during this time and hence are often referred to as the Battle of Britain pattern Irvin.

Our reproduction replicates the early model RAF jacket meticulously. Made from premium grade sheepskin, which is now hand dyed and finished in our highly acclaimed broken grain finish.

Using traditional treatment methods we have recreated an authentic, rugged, broken-grain appearance and handle that is so typical of the original RAF jackets.

It is of course finished out with every other authentic detail that is necessary to make this garment 100% authentic.

Available in sizes: 36 - 48


NOTE: Jackets that are personalised with insignia, or that are Time Worn® (where Time Worn® is optional), are non-returnable

Customer Size Guide

Jackets and Tops

Measure your chest over a T-shirt; it is helpful to get someone to do this for you. Do not inflate your lungs, just relax and stand with your arms out. The tape measure should be run around your chest right up under your arms and held snug, but not tight - this is your chest measurement.

Measure your chest The Size you
should order
in cm
34-36 86-91 36 XS
36-38 91-96 38 S
38-40 96-101 40 M
40-42 101-106 42 M
42-44 106-111 44 L
44-46 111-116 46 L
46-48 116-121 48 XL


Measure the circumference of your hand around your 4 knuckles (obviously do not include your thumb). Correlate this measurement with size chart below to assess your glove size.

Measure of your knuckles The Size you
should order
in cm
7 - 8 18 - 20 XS
8 - 9 20 - 23 S
9 - 10 23 - 25 M
10 - 11 25 - 28 L
11 - 12 28 - 30 XL


Measure the circumference of your head.

Measure of your head The Size you
should order
in cm
21½ - 22 54 - 55.5 XS
22 - 22½ 55.5 - 57 S
22½ - 23 57 - 58.5 M
23 - 23½ 58.5 - 60 L
23½ - 24 60 - 61.5 XL
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