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ON5852

Original German WWII Luftwaffe Late War Pilot Badge

Regular price $395.00

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Original Items: Only One Available. This is a very nice condition badge two-piece construction, silvered zinc, magnetic pin, unmarked, 53 mm x 65.3 mm, vertical pin back, much silvering retained on wreath with minor surface wear, offered in very good condition. Complete with original pin.

The Pilot/Observer Badge (German: Flugzeugführer- und Beobachterabzeichen) was a World War II German military decoration awarded to Luftwaffe service personnel who had already been awarded the Pilot's Badge and Observer Badge. It was instituted on 26 March 1936 by the Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring. It was worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the service tunic, underneath the Iron Cross 1st Class if awarded. It was to replace the older 1933 Aircrew Badge.

The badge was originally manufactured in bronze, and later zinc. The badge can be distinguished from the Pilot's Badge by the gold wreath; the Pilot's Badge had a silver wreath. There was also a cloth version of the badge which used embroidered bullion for the officer's version and cotton for the NCO's version. The presentation case was dark blue, with a blue satin top liner and a blue velvet bottom liner on the inside.

 

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