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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]

testimonials

I receive the cap this day, I very happy. This cap is very beautiful. I hope that find other beautiful items in your shop. Many thanks.

S T, France, 12.03.2010

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005

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