L002382 TRANSPORT & GLIDER SQUADRON CLASP WITH "400" PENDANT. (Frontflugspange für Transportflieger)

BACKGROUND: The Transport and Glider Squadron Operational Flying Clasp was introduced by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring on on November 19TH 1941, as the fourth clasp 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 with a prescribed number of operational flights required for award depending on the type of clasp. In the case of the Transport and Glider Squadron Operational Flying Clasp the star burst pendant device signified five 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: Two piece die struck alloyc construction clasp. 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, stylized eagle in flight clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons. The eagle is secured to the clasp with a single rivet which is visible on the reverse. The clasp has three, overlapping, parallel, rows of embossed oak-leaves extending horizontally outward from either side of the central wreath. The clasp shows nice detailing. Complete with original hinge, pin and catch assembly. The clasp has no visible manufacturer’s markings. 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 zinc die struck alloy pendant is in the form of a horizontally rectangular bar with a subtly raised outer lip and a recessed interior with black washed, embossed numeral, "400" on a subtly pebbled background field. The pendant has three, small, overlapping, horizontally extended laurel leaves to each side of the central rectangular bar. The top edge of the central rectangular bar has two small cut-out loops for the securing arms. The solid reverse of the pendant is plain. Note, one of the bottom attachment loops for the pendant is slightly bent. Finish on the clasp is most probably restored. Friedrich Linden production example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $780.00

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