L003658 HEAVY, MEDIUM & DIVE BOMBERS SQUADRON CLASP, IN SILVER. (Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger, Silber)

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 with a prescribed number of operational flights required for award depending on the type of clasp. 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: Two piece, die struck, zinc alloy construction clasp with silver washed and nickel/silver plated finishes. The clasp is in the form of a silver washed, central, circular, embossed, laurel leaf wreath, with a static swastika superimposed to the bottom center, encompassing a separate, cut-out, nickel/silver plated, downward pointing, winged bomb. The winged bomb is secured to the clasp with a single, small, dome headed, 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. Only hints of the original silver wash to the clasp remain and it has reverted to the flat, matte grey of the base alloy. The nickel/silver plated finish to the winged bomb is retained about 95%. The reverse of the central laurel leaf wreath and winged bomb have a stepped recess while the solid balance of the reverse of has a small, soldered, solid type hinge, a broad, tapering, horizontal pin, and a heavy soldered catch on a circular base plate all intact. Unmarked Maybauer production example.

GRADE ***                             PRICE $685.00

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