Iron Cross, Second Class found in Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 werke number 163824

Place Europe: Germany
Accession Number REL35615
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Iron, Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c 1914 - 1918
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918

German Iron Cross, Second Class, unnamed as issued. A cross pattee in black iron edged with silver. Obverse: A 'W' in the centre with a crown on the top and '1914' on the lower arm. Reverse: Three oak leaves in the centre surmounted by a crown over 'FW' and 1813 on the lower arm. The medal is fitted with a loose ring suspender and has a 30 mm wide ribbon featuring a broad central black band bordered by two narrower white bands with narrow black band edges.

History / Summary

First World War issue German Iron Cross, discovered under the pilot's seat of Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 (werke nummer 163824) when the aircraft was impounded by Australian Customs officials in 1979. Speculatively, the medal could have been carried by the pilot as a good luck charm or may have been mislaid by a member of the ground crew who had previously served in the First World War. The Messerschmitt is now in the War Memorial's collection.