L008073 TRANSPORT & GLIDER SQUADRON CLASP, IN SILVER. (Frontflugspange für Transportflieger, Silber)

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 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 alloy construction clasp with bright and burnished silver washed finishes. The clasp is in the form of a bright silver washed, central, circular, embossed, laurel leaf wreath, with a static swastika superimposed to the bottom center, encompassing a separate, cut-out, burnished silver washed, stylized eagle in flight clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons. The eagle 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. The solid reverse of the clasp has a small, soldered, barrel type hinge, a broad tapering horizontal pin, and a heavy soldered catch all intact. The clasp has no visible manufacturer’s markings.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $400.00

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