WW2 era Manchukuo Enamel Star Pilot Badge

In my last post I showed a Manchukuo Army 5-pointed colored star on some kind of badge. Today, too, I would like to show that star on a badge, but this badge is easier to identify. It is an Army Pilot badge, obviously modeled on the Japanese Army Pilot badge.

The IJA version has a gold (brass) star in the center, replaced by the colored star in the Manchukuo version. Since the IJA badge was given to Japanese pilots, I imagine that pilots in the Manchukuo Air Force received this badge. However, it is possible that some Japanese pilots who were stationed in Manchukuo could have received this as well.

The reverse is similar to the IJA badge, with a wide pin back:


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