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On 30 January 1940 RM Göring instituted the Operational Flight Clasp. Initially, this involved 3 patterns to cover squadrons for
The restriction of these 3 patterns was soon realised so the introduction of additional designs followed soon after.
  • Transport & Glider (19 November 1941) - Transport u. Luftlandeflieger
  • Long-Range Day Fighter and Air-to-Ground Support (13 May 1942) - Zerstörer u. Schlachtflieger
  • Long-Range Night Fighter (14 August 1942) - Fern-nachtjäger
  • Short-Range Night Fighter (14 August 1942) - Nahnachtjäger 
  • Air-to-Ground Support (12 April 1944) - Schlachtflieger
 
Initially, the award critieria was on operational flights completed
  • Bronze = 20
  • Silver = 60
  • Gold = 110
 
As the war progressed and the numbers of flights accumulated past these initial criteria, further recognition was rendered in the form a pendant which was suspended beneath the wreath of the flight clasp. This was introduced on 26 June 1942.
 
Yet still this proved to be inadequate leading to the introduction of a numbered pendant starting from 200 and incrementing by 100 at a time. The highest awarded being a pendant representing 2000 operational flights to the famed Stuka pilot, Hans-Ulrich Rudel.

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