Original German WWII Luftwaffe Pilot Badge in Case - Flugzeugführerabzeichen

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Original Items: Only One Available. This is a very nice condition late war 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.

Badge is accompanied by its period original case of issue, constructed of card stock with a faux dark blue leather exterior, obverse lid with gold embossed inscription of “Luftwaffe Flugzeugführerabzeichen” (“Luftwaffe Pilot Badge”), interior with blue felt lid liner and slotted blue felt medal bed, functional magnetic metal spring catch with exterior stud release, functional magnetic metal hinge, offered in very good condition.

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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