L006881 AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT ADMINISTRATOR'S TRADE BADGE. (Flugzeuggerät Tätigkeitsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: On entering Luftwaffe, (Air-Force), service EM/NCO personnel were assigned and trained for a specific trade or military function. On successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issue a distinctive trade specialty badge to be worn on the lower left sleeve of the service tunic and the flight and field blouses as identifying insignia, with a couple of exceptions. The original trade badges were introduced in May 1935 and were supplemented with additional badges prior to and early in the war. In all, the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer then thirty-nine assorted trade specialty badges. Some select trade badges were piped with twisted, grey or silver/aluminum braiding to denote NCO’s ranks while some were piped with twisted, gilt braiding to denote outstanding performance in the particular trade. When a trade badge was allocated with the outstanding performance, gilt braid, piping it came accompanied with an award certificate. The Aircraft Equipment Administrator’s badge was introduced for wear by qualified EM’s on November 8TH 1935 and was utilized for the duration of the war. Of Note: There were four different classifications of equipment administrators in the Luftwaffe, and each classification had their own distinctive trade badge.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The badge consists of a 60mm diameter Luftwaffe blue/grey wool construction base with a machine embroidered, seven cylinder, radial engine with a dual bladed, propeller emanating from the central hub, all in silvery/grey rayon threads.

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $15.00

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