Bombardier Badge was a military badge of the United States
military which was issued between the years of 1918 and 1949. The
decoration was intended to recognize the military training and
qualification required by those service members who were bombardiers
on board military aircraft.
Originally known as the Bombing Aviator Badge, the Bombardier Badge
was first issued by the
United States Army Air Service
United States Army Air Service during the
First World War. The badge consisted of a standard observer badge,
centered upon which was a downward facing bomb. The badge remained
unchanged until the late 1930s, at which time it was redesignated the
Bombardier Badge. This change was primarily made due to the rapid
advances in aircraft (and aircraft bombing technology) that took place
between 1920 and 1939.
During World War II, the
Bombardier Badge was a common aeronautical
badge of the United States Army Air Forces. The badge was issued to
all military bombardiers upon completion of basic flight training and
advanced bomber instruction.
With the creation of the
United States Air Force
United States Air Force in 1947, the
Bombardier Badge was gradually phased out and none were issued after
1949. The modern-day
Navigator Badge is considered the U.S. Air Force
successor to the Bombardier Badge.
Obsolete badges of the United Sta