Medal, Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, James H. Doolittle


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for creating a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry.

The Order consists of the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II), the Great Master (currently The Prince of Wales), and three Classes of members: Knight Grand Cross (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB), Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB), and Companion (CB).

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Physical Description

Military badge. A gold eight-pointed Maltese Cross enamelled in white. Each point of the cross is decorated by a small gold ball; each angle has a small figure of a lion. The centre of the cross bears three crowns on the obverse side. A rose, thistle, and shamrock emanate from a sceptre on the reverse side. Both emblems are surrounded by a red circular ring bearing the motto of the Order, flanked by two laurel branches, above a scroll bearing the words "Ich dien" in gold letters.

Credit Line

Donated by Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle (USAF, Ret.)

Country of Origin

United Kingdom


  • Overall: Enameled Silver and Gold
  • Ribbon: Silk


Approximate: 5.1 × 5.1 × 1.3cm (2 × 2 × 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


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