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Hi All

Does anyone know anything about these badges?  I recall they may be some sort of Next of Kin Memorial Badge to a killed pilot.  But why does one have a crown and fascia and the other not?  Thanks.


Italian Memorial Badge 1 Obv.jpg

Italian Memorial Badge 1 Rev.jpg

Italian Memorial Badge 2 Obv.JPG

Italian Memorial Badge 2 Rev.JPG

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Thanks Paul. You could be right. Just found the following link for the one with the crown, so perhaps the non crown badge is for a pilot killed, but not in combat? 

"This very rare gilded and enamel badge was awarded by the Royal Air Force (usually by Mussolini or Air Marshal Italo Balbo) to the family of a pilot killed in aerial combat. Notice the broken propeller meaning he lost his life for his country. A very rare badge."

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