Original Japanese WWII Imperial Japanese Army Air Service Pilot Wings and Navy Insignia Grouping Feauturing “Japanese Zero” Aircraft Piece - 9 Items

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Original Items: Only One Lot of 6 Available. This is a fantastic grouping of what appears to be unissued or unused examples of Japanese Air Service Insignia. The insignia are all in wonderful condition and exhibit vibrant colors and detail still. They retain all of their stitching and proper star devices that are affixed to them

All items are in wonderful condition and come more than ready for further research and display.

The Imperial Japanese Army Air Service (IJAAS) or Imperial Japanese Army Air Force was the aviation force of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). Just as the IJA in general was modeled mainly on the German Army, the IJAAS initially developed along similar lines to the Imperial German Army Aviation; its primary mission was to provide tactical close air support for ground forces, as well as a limited air interdiction capability. The IJAAS also provided aerial reconnaissance to other branches of the IJA. While the IJAAS engaged in strategic bombing of cities such as Shanghai, Nanking, Canton, Chongqing, Rangoon, and Mandalay, this was not the primary mission of the IJAAS, and it lacked a heavy bomber force.

It did not usually control artillery spotter/observer aircraft; artillery battalions controlled the light aircraft and balloons that operated in these roles.

The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service was responsible for long-range bomber and attack aircraft, as well as strategic air defense. It was not until the later stages of the Pacific War that the two air arms attempted to integrate the air defense of the home islands.

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