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RAAF Navy Blue Dress Uniform WW2 : Pilot Francis Robertson

From the Collection of Chiltern Athenaeum Trust 57 Conness Street Chiltern Victoria

Description
RAAF WW2 issue Navy Blue Button up Dress Uniform, with belt, brevet pilot wing and medal ribbon bar for WW2 service (Left Breast pocket). Uniform made by The Hartford Clothing Company batch of 1942. Sleeves of the uniform depict rank at the time, being Flight Lieutenant. There are two dress badges on each sleeve of the uniform which depict the RAAF emblem.
Object Registration
632
Keywords
1942 crash landing chiltern nurse carters house raaf pilot, ww2 raaf officer's uniform, ww2 raaf pilot uniform, raaf pilot francis robertson
Historical information
WW2 RAAF Officer's Uniform once belonged to Francis (Frank) Robertson, pilot. Francis Robertson, pilot, crash landed his aircraft in Chiltern on the roof of Nurse Carter's house, whilst on a pilot trainee qualification flight. He was disorientated through bad weather and had been flying in and out of Deniliquin. Frank injured himself with bruised/broken ribs and nurse Carter was slightly shaken. Despite this set-back Frank then went on to become an accomplished WW2 pilot who visited Chiltern intermittently in the years after the war as he never forget the people of Chiltern rallying around the night of the accident and assisting him.
When Made
1942
Significance
This uniform is the navy blue dress uniform once belonging to Francis (Frank) Robinson, RAAF WW2 Officer and Pilot. Frank Robinson is the father of well known humanitarian, author, barrister, academic, media personality and QC, Mr. Geoffrey Robertson.

Frank Robertson is the pilot, who whilst on a training flight undertaking his solo flying qualification, crashed into the roof of Nurse Carter's House in Chiltern one foggy evening due to poor weather and visibility conditions.
Inscriptions & Markings
Clothing label "The Hartford Clothing Company", 1942 who were the suppliers of the military uniforms for the RAAF circa 1940's. The name "Roby" is on the label of the uniform identifying the owner as pilot Francis (Frank) Robertson.
Last updated
13 Jun 2019 at 6:13PM