L007977 WIRELESS OPERATOR'S/AIR GUNNER'S BADGE. (FliegerschŁtzenabzeichen fŁr Bordfunker)

BACKGROUND: The wireless operatorís/air gunnerís qualification badge was introduced by Hermann GŲring on March 26TH 1936 for award to radio operators, air gunners and mechanics who had met the required criteria. The wireless operatorís/air gunnerís badge was awarded on an individual basis and the main criteria for bestowal of the badge was the completion of five operational flights over enemy territory or a minimum of two months active service. As with other flyerís specialty badges a cloth version of the wireless operatorís/air gunnerís badge was authorized for wear on the flight blouse with a machine embroidered pattern for EM/NCOís and a hand embroidered pattern for Officers. Of Note: After the introduction of the air gunnerís badge on June 22ND 1942, the wireless operatorís/air gunnerís badge was re-designated Bordfunkerabzeichen, (Wireless Operatorís Badge), and was bestowed exclusively to wireless operators.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Two piece, die struck zinc construction badge with silver and dark burnished silver finishes. The badge is in the form of a silver washed, 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 dark, burnished silver finished, highly vaunted, stylized eagle in flight clutching dual lightening bolts in its talons. The eagle is secured to the wreath by two, small dome headed 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 cut-outs to the lightening bolts. The reverse of the wreath has a soldered, barrel type hinge, a thin round vertical pin and a heavy soldered catch on a circular base plate all intact. The reverse of the eagle is well marked with the stamped, manufacturerís name and location, "W. Deumer LŁdenscheid".

GRADE ****                             PRICE $675.00

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