HEAVY, MEDIUM & DIVE BOMBERS SQUADRON CLASP, IN GOLD WITH PENDANT. (Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger, Gold)
BACKGROUND: The Heavy, Medium and Dive Bombers Operational Flying Clasp was introduced by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring on January 30TH 1941, along with two other clasps, in a series of eight that were instituted at different points through-out the war to recognize the increasing number of operational flights achieved by specialized Luftwaffe personnel. All eight of the clasps were awarded in three grades of, Bronze for twenty operational flights, Silver for sixty operational flights, and Gold for one hundred ten operational flights. Besides the original three clasps five more Operational flying clasps were introduced between November 1941 and April 1944, and by mid-1942 many pilots and air crews were surpassing the number of Operational flights required for award of the clasps, so on June 26TH 1942, Reichsmarschall Herman Göring introduced a star burst pendant device to recognize operational flights over one hundred and ten. In the case of the heavy, medium and dive bombers clasps the star burst pendant device signified four hundred operational flights. On April 29TH 1944 a numbered pendant was introduced as personnel’s operational flight numbers even exceeded the prescribed number required for the star-burst pendant. The numbered pendants began at "200" and went up as high as "2000" in increments of one hundred.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck, two piece, alloy construction clasp with a gilt finish. The clasp is in the form of a central, circular, embossed, laurel leaf wreath, with a static swastika superimposed to the bottom center, encompassing a separate, cut-out, downward pointing, winged bomb. The winged bomb is secured to the clasp with a single flush rivet which is visible on the reverse. The clasp has three parallel rows of embossed oak-leaves extending horizontally outward from either side of the central wreath. The clasp shows nice detailing. The reverse of the clasp has a soldered, solid type hinge, a broad tapering horizontal pin, and catch all intact. Unmarked. The reverse, bottom edge of the central laurel leaf wreath has two, small, soldered on, vertically extended arms with looped ends to secure the pendant to the clasp. The pendant is in the form of a horizontally aligned, embossed central star burst pattern flanked on each side by three, small, overlapping, horizontally extended laurel leaves The top edge of the laurel leaves have two small cut-out loops for the securing arms.http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/war_badges/luftwaffe/operational_flying_clasps.htm
The Clasp I have for sale is in MINT condition, still exhibiting 100% Gold coverage. Truly a Collector's piece.
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