Denmark Army - Pilot

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These wings were sewn directly onto the service jacket. The Danish Army Air Force started "in Kindergarten" in 1912, but was not erected officially until 1932. It was amalgamated in 1950 with the Naval Air Service into the Royal Danish Air Force. The first pilot wing of the army saw service 1921 (so did the wing from the Naval Air Service). The wing was embroidered on black backing. In the late 30s some pilots wanted a wing on kakhi backing to suit the kahki service dress better. Also in the late 30es a observer's wing was issued consisting of the center piece from the pilot wing + one wing (the wing was called "The lame Duck). I have never seen this oberserver's wing in my 50 years of collecting. I have talked to a few retired observers, which did not wear the wing, because they found it ugly. They had instead a wing close to the British observer's wing of that time. The regulation observer's wing is considered very, very rare.

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Aviation Wings and Badges of the World Wars