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L008275 RECONNAISSANCE, AIR/SEA RESCUE & METEOROLOGICAL CLASP, SILVER AWARD DOCUMENT. (Frontflugspange für Aufklärer, Silber)

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 throughout 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, 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 starburst pendant device to recognize operational flights of over one hundred and ten, with the 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 starburst pendant. Due to the ever increasing operational flights achieved by Luftwaffe personnel Göring decided to replace the starburst 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: Awarded to a Feldwebel of "Aufkl. Staffel 1. (F)/33" on Dec 14, 1944. Document is 15cm x 21cm.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $299.00

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