Gunner Badge

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U.S. Army Air Force's Aerial Gunner Badge

The Aerial Gunner Badge was a military aeronautical badge of the United States Army Air Forces and was issued during the Second World War. The badge was first created and authorized on April 29, 1943[1] to recognize both the training and hazardous duty of aerial gunners, who manned defensive machineguns on board such aircraft as the B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26 and B-29 bombers. The Aerial Gunner Badge appeared as a standard observer badge, upon which was centered a winged bullet.

The Aerial Gunner Badge was issued until 1953, in the newly created United States Air Force (1947). The Aerial Gunner Badge was declared obsolete and phased out in favor of the Aircrew Badge.

Those having received the Aerial Gunner Badge were permitted to wear the original badge until 1955, at which time the badge was no longer authorized for display on an Air Force uniform.

distinguished aerial Gunner badge

Prior to the establishment of the Aerial Gunner Badge, these airman could compete in an aerial gunnery competition to earn the Distinguished Aerial Gunner Badge. This lasted from 1926–1932.[2] Beyond this, there was no badge displayed on the uniform to denote one as an aerial gunner.

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  1. ^ Badge, Aerial Gunner, United States Army Air Forces, Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, Inventory # A19610137000, last accessed 5 January 2017
  2. ^ Distinguished Bomber and Aerial Gunner Badges, U. S. Army Insignia, by William K. Emerson, last accessed 29 December 2014