An m/30 Service Dress Uniform of Swedish Air Force Captain Liljedahl of the F1 wing
m/30 Service Dress Uniform
The standard service dress was bright blue in color, similar to the French Air Force. It featured a modern suit cut. The garrison belt was popular in the 30s and then phased out. Typically the air force wore a black belt. Other Swedish forces wore brown. This unform is bascially still in use today with more modern materials and cut.
Svante Birger Liljedahl
Liljedahl was born Jan. 28th, 1918 and was stationed at the F1 wing/air base in Västerås as of March 29th, 1942 as a commissioned officer (2nd Lt, "Fänrik"/"Fk"), and he was promoted to the rank of flight lieutenant within two years after that. He was promoted to captain after the war.
A private purchase uniform
The coat, tunic and pants are all made by the same tailor "Standards Hörna, Västerås".
Behind him is a Ju 86, or Swedish B3, bomber. The F1 wing was the only heavy bomber wing in Sweden during WWII, operating with the Junkers Ju 86, and then later with the SAAB B18.

Swedish Air Force Service Coat
An integral part of the service dress is the heavy wool overcoat in the same bright blue as the uniform. The rank and branch of service are repeated on the coat.
Double-breasted style
The service coat features a generous double-breasted cut and large lapel for extra warmth. The officer wears his garrison belt with sidearm.
Swedish Air Force Buttons
The design has changed little from wartime with the three crowns that form the national symbol of Sweden's royal past.

Swedish Air Force WWII Hat
The pre-war version of the Swedish officer's hat feaures a very tall center section and large crown for a very particular look. It is similar in style to Romanian officer caps.
The pre-war garrison belt
Unlike most countries, the Swedish garrison belt was black vs. the usual brown. Like most countries, the belt was phased out during the war and never returned.

The m/36 career officer pilot badge
The style of the officer badge has not changed much since 1936. These badges are solidly made and individually numbered. The gold was for career officers. Reserve officers wore silver.
Branch of service device
The m/30 crowned wing and prop were the symbol of the Swedish Air Force and worn by all air force personnel. This is modelled on the Swedish WWI wing, the m/15, which was modelled on the French 1912 pilot badge.

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