R.C.A.F. Operational Tour Wings

Item

Title

R.C.A.F. Operational Tour Wings

Description

R.C.A.F. Operational Wings pin representing one tour. The letter "O" with wings on either side in sterling silver, with 2 screw posts soldered to rear surface, with brass plate backing. Reverse reads "BIRKS" and "STERLING"

Operational Wings were introduced as an award to personnel who had completed a tour of operations against the enemy or had been killed after having made one or more stories against the enemy. The specified number of sorties or hours required for a tour is dependent on the type of operation and aircraft flown.
To be worn on the center panel of the left breast pocket of aircrew uniforms during the latter part of World War II. An exclusively Canadian award, designed by W.D. Dunbar.

Date

May 9, 1946

Identifier

015.112.007

Medium

Sterling silver, brass plate

Provenance

Posthumously awarded to 21 year old Flight Sergeant Dennis Haig Kurtz, member of the overseas air crew in Europe. Dennis was an Air Observer in the #16 Operational Training Unit who was killed in action on August 1, 1942. Shot down at Eindhoven, Holland in a Wellington aircraft on an operation attached to 405 Squadron. He is buried in Woensel General Cemetery, Eindhoven, North Brabant, Holland.

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