Air-to-Ground Support Clasp, in Silver


SKU: 01.GTR.0717.803.01.000

Estimated market value:

$950 USD

  • Air-to-Ground Support Clasp, in Silver Obverse
  • Air-to-Ground Support Clasp, in Silver Reverse
  • Air-to-Ground Support Clasp, in Silver Obverse
  • Air-to-Ground Support Clasp, in Silver Reverse
  • Air-to-Ground Support Clasp, in Silver Detail
  • Air-to-Ground Support Clasp, in Silver Detail

Estimated market value:

$950 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silvered Zinc
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

A textbook example of a later war Luftwaffe Squadron Clasp for Air to Ground Support Units; silver grade; in silvered zink; the obverse with a centred laurel wreath with a set of crossed swords superimposed between two flanking bushels of nine oak leaves; horizontal pinback; unmarked; measuring 76.95 mm x 26.05 mm; a worn example in near very fine condition.


The first Flight Clasps were introduced on January 30, 1941 by the Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Göring. Every airman flying missions, no matter their role, was eligible to obtain them. The Bronze grade clasp was awarded for participation in 20 combat missions, the Silver grade clasp for 60 missions, and the Gold grade clasp for 110 missions.

The clasps were either die-struck or die-cast. Early specimens were made of tombac, an alloy with a high copper content. As the war progressed, copper, which had to be imported to Germany, wasn’t as readily available anymore, which led to production being switched over to using zinc. Zinc was of lower quality, but cheap and abundant.

Cloth versions of clasps exist, but they are extremely rare.

In June of 1942 a pendant with a star was added to the Gold grade clasp as an additional grade to honour those airmen that achieved a very high number of missions flown. Depending on the type of clasp, the number needed for achieving this varied. On April 29, 1944 new pendants were introduced. The star was replaced by a number plaque. The number displayed started at 200 and rose in increments of 100 up to 2000. These later pendants are always made of zinc and are of lower quality than the clasps.

Only two clasps are known to have ever been awarded as a special version with diamonds, one Short-Range Day Fighter Clasp and one Air-to-Ground Support Clasp.

The Flight Clasps were designed by Professor Sigmund von Weech.

The Air-to-Ground Support Clasp was the last clasp to be instituted on April 12, 1944. It shows a pair of crossed swords.


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