Italian Air Force - Torpedo Aircraft

Italian Air Force - Torpedo Aircraft "Aereosiluranti" Awards badge

Code: 56710


An excellent example of this uncommon WW2 Regia Aeronautica aircrew Badge awarded to crews of Torpedo aircraft which of course were active in the Mediterranean.

These insignia badges  were issued in three grades, gold, silver and bronze, this is I believe the bronze grade. They were first listed in the 1942 regulations stating:

"The Duce (Benito Mussolini) has instituted for all air crew member a special badge in the form of a wreath with the Royal Crown on the top and the Savoy Love Knot at the bottom junction. Applied in the centre is the special device which will come in 3 classes, and which will identify the classification of the airman in the War Actions he has participated.

The centre device symbol will be in 3 grades - 1st grade is bronze, 2nd grade is silver and third grade is gold. This will be worn on whatever type of uniform of the day the airman is wearing. It will be worn on the left side of the tunic, in the centre of the breast pocket. This will be worn at all times while the airman is on permanent duty and until the end of his term of active duty.

The badge is constructed Zamac an alloy with a base metal of zinc and elements of aluminium, magnesium, and copper.

The grade requirements for this badge were:

Bronze - 2 torpedo strikes.

Silver - 10 torpedo strikes or 2 war units sunk.