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Did RAF fighter pilots wear ties while flying in WW2?

Did RAF fighter pilots wear ties while flying in WW2?

Did RAF fighter pilots wear ties while flying in WW2?

It seems like that would be uncomfortable, if not dangerous, while you are experiencing high-Gs and low oxygen. However, the above movie includes Wellum himself (portrayed above), so presumably the producers had a chance to consult him.


A quick browse through the imperial war museum collection suggests that ties were relatively common.

This picture shows two pilots with ties and one with some sort of scarf (which could be hiding a tie underneath) https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205452816

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205446953 shows a Canadian pilot with a tie.

Just for good measure this photo shows 3 polo necks and two ties https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205209999

So in terms of the book picture I would say it's fine but I'm struggling to find proper combat pictures with ties visible there is a few "scramble" pictures for example https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205447273 but I'm not sure how many were just for the camera.