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Title Bavarian commemorative pilot's badge
Nationality German
Period 1916-21
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This was awarded to eligible pilots who were retired or so disabled in combat that they could no longer perform their normal flying duties. This 'retirement' insignia was the first of its type awarded by any nation for its airmen. They were manufactured between 1916 and 1921, instituted by King Ludwig III of Bavaria.

This is one of the rarer examples, with the arched crown indicating Bavarian provenance, as opposed to the rest of Germany which had to sport the Imperial Reich crown on their badge. Goering wore the 'Reich' version in the photo of him caressing his lioness at Carinhall in the 1930s. Out of a Reich total of 88 fighter squadrons, including five naval ones, Bavaria provided ten.

It measures 45 mm x 70 mm. The piece is of two part construction in continental silver or heavy duty EPNS over base metal. There is no maker's mark. The cross of the crown's orb is missing.

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[Militaria : Badges : German : 20th Century]

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Wanted to let you know the items arrived today. Great job on the packing. Too often I buy very expensive and irreplaceable items from the UK and they get sent barely packed to protect them from the various postal services - appreciate you going the extra mile to insure it arrived in the shape it left. Thanks again, look forward to doing business with you in the future. Items were very nice, exactly as offered.

M M, USA, 18.03.2010

Arrived safely. Excellent item. Really good condition. A good addition to the collection. Many thanks for a stress free transaction.

R B, UK, 17.10.2005

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