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Rare Original WWII German Luftwaffe AIR GUNNER’S/FLIGHT ENGINEER’S BADGE Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified

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Rare Original WWII German Luftwaffe AIR GUNNER’S/FLIGHT ENGINEER’S BADGE Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified. The Air Gunner’s/Flight Engineer’s qualification badge was introduced by order of Hermann Göring on June 1942 for award to air gunners, flight engineers, and flight meteorologists who had met the required criteria. The Air Gunner’s/Flight Engineer’s badge was awarded on an individual basis to qualified personnel and as with other flyer’s specialty badges a cloth version of the badge was authorized for wear on the flight blouse with a machine embroidered pattern for EM/NCO’s and a hand embroidered pattern for Officer’s. The Air Gunner’s/Flight Engineer’s qualification badge followed the same pattern of the earlier introduced, (March 26TH 1936), Wireless Operators/Air Gunners badge with the exclusion of the lightning bolts. Two piece, die struck alloy construction badge. The badge is in the form of a nicely convexed, vertically oval, wreath with laurel leaves to the left side and oak-leaves to the right side and a canted swastika superimposed to the bottom center. Mounted on the wreath is a highly vaunted, stylized eagle in flight. The eagle is secured to the wreath by two rivets which are visible on the reverse. The eagles wing tips extend just beyond the outer edge of the wreath. The badge shows nice quality detailing including a cut-out to the top arm of the swastika, intricate feathering to the wings and high relief details to the wreath. Lightening bolts (blitzbundel) have been filed off indicating a conversion from a Wireless Operator’s badge. Complete with original hinge, pin and catch assembly. The reverse of the eagle is well marked with the impressed manufacturers initials, “B&N L”, indicating manufacture by Berg & Nolte of Lüdenscheid”.  Excellent condition. Brought home by a U.S. 3rd Infantry Division solider (see photo) of Veteran. Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Nice  example showing the expected  age and wear. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic Brought home by a solider as a trophy of war. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of History. The Gettysburg Museum of History does not support or condone Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party and is only offering this as a historic relic. Please see our other items.  Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.