Date Instituted

19 January 1935


This badge was awarded to pilots and observers.

Number Awarded


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Generalleutnant Erhard Milch, General der Flieger Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler and SA-Stabschef Viktor Lutze at the founding of Jagdgeschwader 134 Horst Wessel April 1936
(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)


This badge was replaced by the Pilots Badge on 26 March 1936

Photo courtesy of Klaus

Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - A collectors guide to the Luftwaffe
Christopher Ailsby - World War 2 German medals and political awards
John R. Angolia - For Führer and Fatherland: Military awards of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Orders, decorations, medals and badges of the Third Reich