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Luftwaffe airman’s decorations

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A typical Luftwaffe airmans decorations

- Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 Eisernes Kreuz, 1.Klasse, 1939
- Radio Operators Badge Bordfunkerabzeichen, also known as Fliegerschützenabzeichen mit Blitzbündel
- Clasp for Bomber Crews in Bronze Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Bronze

The EK shown has no makers mark, and the catch for the pin has been expertly repaired at some stage. The recipient has had his initials and the date of the award very stylishly engraved at the back, being: P.S. 4.I.1941 this done in a rope-like style of gothic script. Possibly researchable. The finish is completely worn off the swastika, and the whole decoration shows light wear.
The Radio Operators Badge has lost a lot of its finish and is a Zinc ecample by B&N,L Berg & Nolte in Lüdenscheid, the pin has been repaired and the eagle has come adrift at some time and been crudely soldered onto the wreath, with solder marks to the rear of the badge, otherwise a reasonable example from the front.
The Bomber Clasp is of earlier bronze metal with a german silver centre piece riveted as always. The pin construction to the rear is of the usual cokebottle variety and is also of the early german silver type. There is no makers mark. This decoration was inaugurated on 30th January 1941 and was awarded in three classes, bronze for about 20 missions, silver for 60 missions, and gold for 110 missions. Additional hangers in gilt with a number were also awarded as from 200 missions. Later examples were made in Zinc, which mostly loses its finish in the course of time.

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