2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 2, 2021 12:16 PM by Lisa Sharik

    Need help identifying this Nazi pin

    Kristin Campbell Newbie

      Can anyone help me identify this pin? I found it among my fathers belongings after he died. He was too young to have been in WWII, and his father was not in the war, as far as I know. I have absolutely no backstory on this item and my father shared absolutely nothing in common with Nazi ideology. On the back of it, there are 2 pins on the main part and 1 more pin on the ball with the swastika. Someone on FaceBook said maybe it was cooked up by an allied POW... The part behind the shield is a downward pointing bomb.

      nazi pin with a long wing, a short wing, a shield between the wings, a bomb behind the shield and a round piece engraved with a swastika hanging from a short chain below the rest of the pin. There are 2 pins on the main part, and an additional pin behind the swastika part.

        • Re: Need help identifying this Nazi pin
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Ms. Campbell,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If your grandfather (or other individual who may have originally owned the pin) could have served in World War II, then we suggest that you search the  Access to Archival Databases (AAD) series World War II Army Enlistment Records and the series Records of World War II Prisoners of War, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) for any files related to him. While there are no comprehensive online lists of service members from World War II, these series could assist in identifying whether an individual served in the military.


          Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Award Cards, 1942-1963 for the U.S. Army Air Force/Air Force. These records are digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog, and the cards may be helpful in identifying a person who served in the military. For assistance with these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          If you determine that your grandfather (or other individual) served in the military, we suggest that you then request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs for those who  separated from the U.S. Armed Forces after 1958 and before October 2002 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Air Force personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.


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          Although we are unable to identify this specific pin, the shape of the bomb and wings (without the shield) most closely resembles an Army Air Force bombardier pin. The fact that the wings are asymmetrical could indicate that the original pin was damaged or modified at some point. The shield could possibly be a unit insignia. We suggest that you contact the US Army Center of Military History or the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center or the Air Force Historical Research Agency for further assistance.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!



          • Re: Need help identifying this Nazi pin
            Lisa Sharik Scout

            It looks like someone has taken a Army Air Corps/Air Force Aerial Gunner Pin:

            Aerial Gunner Pin

            This is one version, there are many others with the bomb looking a little different in each.


            Someone has definitely broken off one wing on your pin and drilled a hole for the suspended "ball". It also appears that a shield has been attached over the bomb. Not sure why any of it was done, but it is definitely not a standard issue US military pin.


            Lisa Sharik

            Deputy Director

            Texas Military Forces Museum

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