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#1 bobgee

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 07:20 PM

I obtained this aviation group from a picker in Germany last year. It came directly from the family of this Luftwaffe NCO who flew as an Observer or "Beobachter" on a German bomber. The Observer designation in the Luftwaffe covered the Navigator & Bombardier crew positions. He was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class, Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Gold Combat Clasp or "Spange" for "Kampsgeswader" -Bomber Groups, and the "Krim" shield, worn on the uniform sleeve for service in the Crimea in Russia. He surely had the "Ostfront Medaille" - Russian Front campaign medal, but this was not on his award pillow. My decision to buy this group was based on the really superb "Beobachterabzeichen" or Observer Badge which is a fine early piece (1940-41) made and hall-marked by the prestigious and prolific firm of C.E. Juncker, Berlin. It is in beautiful condition. The photo shows him wearing his awards and has his name on the back. Unfortunately I have been unable to learn more about his service or exact unit.  All the items are vintage originals. Hope you enjoyed seeing this group......Bobgee

 

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Edited by bobgee, 21 October 2018 - 09:27 PM.


#2 bobgee

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 05:18 PM

Here's a pic of the "pillow" they were sewn on.

 

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#3 Spaff

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 05:31 PM

Nice to see the person who earned the medals

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 06:30 PM

Is that a funeral pillow?

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#5 bobgee

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 07:47 PM

Brig - Never thought that it was. I was under the assumption he survived the war but maybe not. I need to try to check that angle. Bob



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 04:29 PM

Another great post of quality stuff!

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

Sure looks like funeral wreath in back!

 

Would not be surprised!

 

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:13 PM

What a great set.  Not everyone that served on the Eastern Front received that medal.  There were certain time periods where men did not qualify.  



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 05:24 AM

Great grouping!

During the battles for Krim the VIII. Fliegerkorps provided air support. A few of the Kampfgeschwaders involved appear to be KG 2, KG 51, KG 55 and KG 100.

For more research try this link.

 

http://www.ww2.dk/

 

Funeral pillows were still in use postwar especially by the "old timers" 

 

I hope this helps.

Mike



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 11:54 AM

WOW, Now that is one great group, the picture always puts a human touch to a group, excellent, thank you for sharing the group with all. Gerard



#10 bobgee

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 10:16 AM

BTT



#11 Jeff V.

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 08:52 AM

Great group!



#12 bobgee

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 12:34 PM

This group also contained other photos. Here are a few.Bob

 

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 01:30 PM

Now that's a great grouping! Thanks for sharing.

 

BR,

James



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Posted 02 April 2019 - 05:37 PM

Bob

 

    Spectacular! Thank you for the posting with such great pictures.

 

Tony




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