Product Description: This early Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Silver is a beautiful example of a hard to find, top quality piece, by an uncommon maker. It’s made of a brass alloy (Tombak), typical for early production before wartime requirements necessitated a switch to inferior materials. These Tombak clasps retain the original finish very well, and this handsome example is no exception. Nearly all of the high quality silver electroplating remains intact. The finish is clean and bright, with only extremely minimal age toning. All of the original detail is intact. On the reverse, this early Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Silver is maker marked in raised lettering with the initials “R.S.S.” indicating manufacture by the firm of Richard Simm & Sohne, in Gablonz a.d.N. This is a rare to find and desirable maker of these clasps. The hardware setup is correct and completely original, with no repairs to the hinge, catch or rivet. The original broad pin is straight and functional, with great finish. This is an exceptional example of this award. The condition rates as near mint.
Historical Description: To acknowledge and recognize the achievements of Luftwaffe flight personnel who had taken part in missions against the enemy, the Luftwaffe in 1941 introduced a series of flight clasps, to be worn as awards on the uniform. The German term for this clasp was “Frontflugspange,” literally “Front Flight Clasp”; these are known to collectors as Flight Bars, Operational Flying Clasps or Squadron Clasps. The clasps took the form of a central emblem, set in a wreath of laurel leaves, and flanked on both sides by sprigs of oak leaves. On most designs, the German national swastika emblem was set at the bottom of the laurel wreath. The central emblem varied depending on the type of missions for which the clasp was awarded. An upward-pointed winged arrow was for Short Range Day Fighters, while a downward pointing winged arrow was for Long Range Day Fighters and Air to Ground Support (support crews later had their own crossed swords emblem). Bomber crews had a winged bomb emblem, a Luftwaffe eagle was chosen to represent Transport and Glider Squadrons, and an eagle head was worn by Reconnaissance, Air-Sea Rescue and Meteorological Squadrons. The clasps were produced in various grades to indicate the number of missions flown- Bronze for 20 flights, Silver for 60 flights and Gold for 100 flights. For personnel who surpassed the number of missions required for the Gold clasp, small pendants were produced, starting in 1942, to recognize the greater and greater numbers of missions being flown. There was a “star” pendant, that was given for certain numbers of flights beyond 100 missions (depending on the type of clasp, between 250 and 500 missions were required to earn the star). There were also numbered pendants, beginning with 200 missions, and increasing in increments of 100. As with all Third Reich military awards, Luftwaffe flight clasps are highly sought-after collectibles today.
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