WW2 GERMAN LUFTWAFFE COMBINED PILOT OBSERVERS BULLION CLOTH BADGE. GOOD CONDITION OVERALL, WITH AGE PATINA SHOWING TO GOLD AND SILVER BULLION THREAD. HAS BEEN SEWN AND CUT FROM THE FLIEGERBLUSE AT SOME POINT. PROTECTIVE BACKING SHOWS THREADWORK TO REAR IN AREAS. NICE ORIGINAL PIECE OF THIS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER QUALIFICATION BADGE.
The combined pilot’s/observer’s qualification badge was originally introduced by Hermann Göring on January 19TH 1935, and featured a horizontally oval wreath encompassing a stylized national eagle in flight. On March 26TH 1935 the badge was redesigned by altering the wreath to the vertical position as with the other Luftwaffe qualification badges. The badge was intended for award to personnel who had qualified for both the military pilot’s and the observer’s badges and had held at least one of the awards for a minimum of one year. This second pattern badge took the same form as the pilot’s badge, but with a golden wreath. In late 1937, as with other flyer’s specialty badges a cloth version of the combined pilot’s/observer’s badge was authorized for wear on the flight blouse with a machine embroidered pattern for EM/NCO’s and a hand embroidered pattern for Officer’s.