BACKGROUND: The Reconnaissance, Air/Sea Rescue and Meteorological 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. By mid-1942 many pilots and air crew were surpassing the number of operational flights required for award of the clasps, so on June 26TH 1942, Göring introduced a star burst pendant device to recognize operational flights of 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 Reconnaissance, Air/Sea Rescue and Meteorological clasp three hundred operational flights were necessary for the award of the star burst pendant. Of Note: Due to the ever increasing operational flights achieved by Luftwaffe personnel Göring decided to replace the sun burst pendant on April 29TH 1944 with a new numbered 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. The clasp is in the form of a central, circular, laurel leaf wreath, with a static swastika superimposed to the bottom center, encompassing a left profile, stylized eagles head. The clasp has three overlapping, parallel rows of oak-leaves extend horizontally outward from either side of the central wreath. The central stylized eagles head is secured to the clasp by a single, small, dome headed rivet which is visible on the reverse. The solid reverse of the clasp has its original hinge, pin and catch assembly. Juncker Production.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $395.00

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