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Article about: After my grandpa was captured by US forces at the end of WW2, he worked for the USAF for a while and received these pins. Does anyone know what they represent? Thanks.

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    After my grandpa was captured by US forces at the end of WW2, he worked for the USAF for a while and received these pins. Does anyone know what they represent? Thanks.
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    They might of been just a token givento him by the person he was working for as a keepsake. I know in Iraq we would give to small gifts and certificates to our interpreters when we left....

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    Being USAFE(United States Airforce Europe) they would have to be post 1947 I feel as until then it's title was still USAAF (United States Army Airforce) as opposed to USAF.
    The title was changed in Sep. of 1947.
    Wiesbaden is a German city as you possibly know and was the site of a large US military base post war.
    A number of German jewlers/badge makers were employed by the American's post war making unit badges etc and these could be examples of this practice.
    Hope this helps Pablo.
    Cheers mate

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    Dave is correct. They are service pins of the post 1947 era for service in the
    U.S.A.F.E. - so he likely worked as a civilian contract employee
    for at least five years.........

    The 'Star and Bar' logo seen on the the pins ( and also on the fuselage
    of aircraft ) incorporated the red stripe after the 'US Army Air Force'
    became the 'US Air Force' in 1947.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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