Anyone know of a high quality reproduction of the RAF Officers kit bag

warguy

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Was watching the Battle of Britain for the zillionth time and the canvas officers kit bag used by Christopher Plummer in the film is sure appealing. I think it is tan canvas with perhaps leather handles and trim. Anyone know of a reproduction of that bag out there?
 

B-Man2

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Was watching the Battle of Britain for the zillionth time and the canvas officers kit bag used by Christopher Plummer in the film is sure appealing. I think it is tan canvas with perhaps leather handles and trim. Anyone know of a reproduction of that bag out there?
I wonder if that was that a legitimate issued piece of RAF kit ?
Or a Hollywood designed and made up item .
 

jack31916

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Never heard of such an issued bag but I guess that any period canvas holdall will do.

The Royal Navy did have holdalls and you can find these on Ebay. Silvermans.co.uk do a nice bag but rather expensive at 275 Gbp.
 

Smithy

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NCOs at the time of the Battle of Britain were issued a "Kit bag" which was white canvas and essentially a duffle bag. These usually had the name and/or service number stencilled on it. Although it would have been technically possible for an officer to obtain one, they would have used private luggage.

Here's an example...

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warguy

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I think I recall seeing a similar one used in the beginning of First Light as well. Perhaps it was a parachute bag but it seems smaller. Here is a picture of one I pulled off the web. It was listed in worth point and described as a RAF Officers bag, and it does look similar to the one used in the Battle of Britain.
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Smithy

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I think I recall seeing a similar one used in the beginning of First Light as well. Perhaps it was a parachute bag but it seems smaller. Here is a picture of one I pulled off the web. It was listed in worth point and described as a RAF Officers bag, and it does look similar to the one used in the Battle of Britain. View attachment 73281

That is a WWII British Army officer's bag not RAF. They're very nice bags.
 
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