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Title DLV balloon pilot qualification pin
Nationality German
Period c 1935

Deutsch Luftfahrt-Verband (German Aero Club) lapel pin. This pin - one of the rarest of the 3rd Reich lapel pins - was awarded for fully qualified balloon pilots (military observation balloons were disguised as civilian sporting ones at this time). NB: There was also a full-size qualification badge (ie this is the lapel-pin version).

Silver plate and enamel finish on base metal. This item is illustrated in Heering - Husken's 'Katalog der Abzeichen deutscher Organisationen 1871-1945' (published 1997) on pages 108-109 (item 8702d, priced at 500 DM).

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[Militaria : Badges : Third Reich : Luftwaffe NSFK DLV]


The documents were absolutely perfect - more than I expected.

C T, UK, 21.02.2012

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005