Germany (Third Reich): Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Squadron Operational Flying Clasp. Silver grade (Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Silber)
With makers marks on reverse of 'spange', for maker 'G. H. Osang, Dresden'
Sold together with original paper packet of issue, this marked with type and grade of award 'Frontflugspange / Aufklarer / in Silber', and name of maker 'Osang, Dresden' printed on reverse. The inside of the paper wrapper retaining the er tissue wrap for the badge!
Dimensions: Approx 77mm (w) x 25(h)
Weight: Approx 16g
Reverse fittings: Complete with original barrel hinged long horizontal pin & clasp fittings as issued
The Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe (Frontflugspange) was a military decoration of the Third Reich, instituted by Reichsmarshall Hermann Goring in 1941. They were for award to aircrew and other qualifying Luftwaffe personnel in recognition of the number of operational flights flown. Initially the awards were issued in three grades; bronze (2O x operational missions), silver (60 x operational missions) & gold (110 x operational missions). Front Flying Clasps were issued for missions completed in the following Luftwaffe aircraft:
- Day Fighters
- Night Fighters
- Long Range Night Fighters
- Heavy Fighters
- Air to Ground Support Fighters
- Transport & Glider
The Front Flying Clasps, of each of the above aircraft squadron types, had a different central design
A particularly fine example of the 'Reconnaissance' Front Flying Clasp, the central eagle's head design retaining virtually most of its black finish