Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge, by Assmann (in zinc)

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SKU: 01.GTR.0705.101.01.003

Estimated market value:

$500 USD

  • Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge, by Assmann (in zinc) Obverse
  • Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge, by Assmann (in zinc) Reverse
  • Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge, by Assmann (in zinc) Obverse
  • Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge, by Assmann (in zinc) Reverse
  • Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge, by Assmann (in zinc) Detail
  • Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge, by Assmann (in zinc) Detail

Estimated market value:

$500 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silvered Zinc
  • Size
    42x52mm

Physical Description and Item Details


(Luftwaffe Fliegersch├╝tzenabzeichen). Constructed of silvered and patinated silvered zink, the wreath consisting of laurel leaves on the left side of the wreath, and oak leaves on the right side of the wreath, with a mobile swastika on the bottom of the wreath, and an eagle superimposed onto the badge holding lightning bolts in its talons, the reverse plain, with a vertical needle style pinback, a barrel hinge, and a flat wire catch, marked with the logo of F.W. Assmann on the reverse, measuring 41.69 mm (w) x 53.49 mm (h), weighing 23.8 grams, in good condition.

History


The Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge was instituted on March 26th, 1936, and was conferred upon Luftwaffe radio and gunner personnel who successfully completed the two months of training, or had participated in at least 5 operational flights. The number of flights could be overlooked if an individual was injured in the line of duty.

In June of 1942, a separate Air Gunner & Flight Engineer Badge was established, and it was conferred upon air gunners, flight engineers, and meteorologists who fulfilled the same requirements that are stated above. The original badge was reserved for wireless-radio operators in the Luftwaffe.

The difference between the two badges is that the original Radio Operator & Air Gunner Badge shows an eagle carrying lightning bolts in its claws, while the later instituted Air Gunner & Flight Engineer Badge shows the same eagle, but without the lightning bolts.

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