Belgian Air Force - Pilot

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Belgium formed one of the earliest military air units in 1909 as an air company of the Belgian Army. Belgium enterred WWII with 3 aviation regiments which were quickly destroyed in 1940. Most of the Belgian Air Force, as it was called then, was silenced with the exception of a few Belgian pilots able to flee and fly ex patria with the RAF.

The Belgian air force pilot brevet of WWII is a winged cypher of the ruling monarch, Leopold III. His reign was from 1934 to 1951 when he officially abdicated. The pilot badges with the royal cypher only lasted until 1946 when an independent Belgian Air Force service was created and the rampant lion of Belgian became the center of winged insignia for Belgian pilots.

All information courtesy of Tod Rathbone

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63 mm
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Tod Rathbone Collection
6/30/2019
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144 mm
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Tod Rathbone Collection
6/30/2019
Officer Pilot Badge
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Pierre Bussy Collection
9/8/2001
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114 mm
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Tod Rathbone Collection
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NCO Pilot Badge
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Pierre Bussy Collection
9/8/2001
This is the badge for non officer pilots
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