The garment I decided upon to study was a Royal Canadian Air Force
Uniform. I ended up buying a complete uniform / less cap / dated
1952 and I only paid $18.00 via Ebay. I decided on this item not only
because it was relatively inexpensive but also the historical
significance and the fact I knew one of the professors at UAF served
in the Canadian Air Force during this period.
When I contacted Dr. Cornwall he was excited at the opportunity to do
an interview with me regarding the uniform. Peter G. Cornwall,
Associate Professor Emeritus of History (Ph.D., University of
Michigan, 1970) has taught courses at UAF that include Modern Japan,
East Asia, naval and military histories. He was also a Professor at
West Point and his publications include Alaska's Rural Development.
The interview is included on my paper's final draft and should be
posted soon on my website.
The information that Dr. Cornwall provided is very interesting, not
only about the clothing itself, but also about the person wearing it!
Through the information gathered from just the coat, we know the
person's sex, approx. age, weight, height, how long that person was
in the military, where he lived and what job he may have done in the
military. The protocol behind the uniform was interesting as well.
Some Canadian Air Force History:
The Royal Canadian Air Force was one of a couple precursors to
today's modern Canadian Air Force. The first being the Canadian
Aviation Corps formed in 1914. This branch of service consisted of a
couple aviators and few planes. In 1924 the prefix "Royal" was
adopted to bring the organization into line with the other British
Commonwealths' armed forces.
During war the RCAF had three components, two stationed in Canada and
the other London. Those stationed at home were in charge of
protected the country, as well as, training new pilots. Those
stationed out of London saw service in Western Europe, Asia, and the
In 1997 the Canadian Air Force was condensed into a single division.
For much of this information and some pictures of great planes go to