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    Graduation Badge of the Third School of Military Pilots and Reconnaissance Pilots, #41, 1936-38 issue.

    Graduation Badge of the Third School of Military Pilots and Reconnaissance Pilots, #41, 1936-38 issue.

    In silver-plated and gilded brass and enamel; measures 44.3 mm in height, 33.3 mm in width. Riveted three-piece construction: the crossed machinegun and bomb emblem of the school and the wings with star are separate parts superimposed on the oval wreath. Engraved serial number 41 on the reverse.

    In very fine condition, truly outstanding for the 1936 model. There are small chips and flakes to the upper arms of the star as well as tiny hairlines, but the enamel is stable, shows attractive luster and has very impressive overall appearance. The raised details are exceptionally well preserved and crisp including the exposed parts of the wings and machinegun. Most of the fragile silver finish on the wings and especially on the bomb / machine gun emblem is still present. Traces of original gold plating are clearly visible on the obverse of the wreath, while the gilt on the reverse and edges of the wreath is very bright. The rivets are completely intact and tight, and the parts of the badge are firmly attached. There is very attractive patina throughout with just a touch of light verdigris that adds character, no significant blemishes. The copper screw post is original and of full length, well over 15 mm. The badge includes very scarce original wing nut in silvered copper which fits the screw perfectly.

    This is one of the school-specific badges issued for only a short time prior to the far more common 1938 unified models. Note the typically low serial number. Perhaps an even bigger factor in the rarity of this badge than the small number of issues is the fact that the Soviet combat aviation cadres were virtually annihilated by the Luftwaffe in the first days of the Patriotic War. A fantastic item to add to the serious collection of WW2 aviation memorabilia!

    /See "Avers 8", Page 474, Fig. 2242/


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