L026782 DAY FIGHTER CLASP IN SILVER. (Frontflugspange für Tagjäger)

BACKGROUND: The Day Fighter’s 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 Day Fighter’s Operational Flying Clasp, five hundred operational flights were necessary for the award of the star burst pendant. pendant. 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: Clasp, zinc production, in the form of a central circular laurel leaf wreath, with static swastika superimposed to bottom, encompassing an upward pointing, winged arrow. Three parallel rows of oak-leaves extend horizontally outward from either side of the central wreath. Burnished silver winged arrow attached by one small dome headed rivet. Reverse with solid hinge, broad tapering horizontal pin, and soldered catch. The reverse of the clasp is well marked with the stamped manufacturer’s name and location, "G.H. Osang Dresden".

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $595.00 (Or Best Offer)

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