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The Honour Goblet or Ehrenpokal was originally instituted during the 1st World War and then revived by Göring on 27th February 1940. It was a non-portable award for aircrew only and was awarded to those who had already won the Iron Cross 1st Class but whose outstanding performance of duty did not warrant the Knight's Cross (and later German Cross when it was instituted in 1941).

The goblet was bestowed up until the introduction of the Luftwaffe Honour Roll Clasp on 5th July 1944. It is estimated that approximately 58,000 goblets were bestowed but it is not sure how many were actually presented but the estimate is between 13,000 - 15,000.

Initially, the goblet was constructed of 835 silver and so marked on the base along with silver proof marks and the name of the manufacturer "Jon. Wagner & Sohn". Later goblets (mid 1942 onwards) are made from silver plate (alpaka).

The recipient's rank, name and date of award are engraved on the lower band of the stem. The dimensions are approx 200mm high x 98mm diameter.

The goblet was awarded with a certificate and came in a large, hinged case with a blue exterior (although red examples are also known).


Feldwebel Otto Stadel was a Radio Operator on HE111's flying sorties over England when he was KIA on 27th May 1941, only 3 months after being awarded the Ehrenpokal.

On that day he was in HE111 H-8 (G1+AM Wk Nr. 3867) crewed by:
  • (P) Fw. Lorenz Kempel (67019/136)
  • (O) Uffz. Kurt Nuglan (67020/122)
  • (W) Fw. Otto Stadel (67019/69)
  • (FE) Fw. Martin Göbel (Sch./F.A.R.24 Nr. 480)
  • (G) Gfr. Josef Wiederer (4./F.A.R.53 Nr. 359)
They were on an armed reconnaissance mission on the English Channel when they were spotted and attacked by 2 spitfires from 66 Squadron, piloted by P/O F. Oliver and P/O J.H. Pickering.

Standing no chance against 2 Spitfires, HE111 G1+AM was shot down and crashed into the sea off Gurand's Head, west of St. Ives, Cornwall.

Otto Stadel is now buried in the German War Cemetery at Cannock Chase, UK. Grave 266, Block5, row 12.

Given that Kampfgeschwader 55 "Greif" were heavily involved in the Battle of Britain, it is highly probable that Fw. Stadel was a BoB veteran.