Original German WWII Early Tombak Luftwaffe Air Gunner and Flight Engineer Badge by Berg & Nolte

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Original Item: Only One Available. The Air Gunner's and Flight Engineer's badge (Fliegerschützenabzeichen für Bordschützen und Bordmechaniker) was a German military decoration awarded to air gunners, mechanics (flight engineers) or aircrew meteorologists who were members of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) after they completed two months training or had taken part in at least five operational flights. If one was wounded during an operational flight, the badge could be awarded earlier. For Luftwaffe members who were air gunners and mechanics (flight engineers) this badge replaced an earlier separate badge which had been introduced back in 1935, without lightning bolts. The qualifications for the two badges were the same for recipients.

This example is manufactured in the early war tombak alloy. The obverse of the badge consists of a half oak half laurel wreath with a mobile swas (hook cross) at the base, with an an "in flight eagle" superimposed on the badge holding lightning bolts in it's talons. The reverse plain, with a vertical pin, a barrel hinge, and a flat wire catch. The back of the eagle is maker marked B & N / L, for Berg & Nolte of Lüdenscheid, a known maker of Luftwaffe Badges and other clothing accessories.

Offered in very good condition, with a great lightly aged patina.

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