National Socialist Flyers Corps
|Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps - NSFK|
|Formed||15 April 1937|
|Dissolved||8 May 1945|
|Jurisdiction|| Nazi Germany|
NSFK was founded 15 April 1937 as a successor to the German Air Sports Association; the latter had been active during the years when a German air force was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles. The NSFK organization was based closely on the para-military organization of the Sturmabteilung (SA). A similar group was the National Socialist Motor Corps (NSKK). During the early years of its existence, the NSFK conducted military aviation training in gliders and private airplanes.
Friedrich Christiansen, originally a Generalleutnant then later a Luftwaffe General der Flieger, was NSFK Korpsführer from 15 April 1937 until 26 June 1943, followed by Generaloberst Alfred Keller until 8 May 1945.
Ranks, uniforms and other insigniaEdit
The paramilitary rank system was in use by the NSFK between the years of 1933 and 1945. The ranks were designed after paramilitary rank titles of the Sturmabteilung. Most ranks of the NSFK were also used by the National Socialist Motor Corps which maintained its own paramilitary rank system.
As with most Nazi paramilitary groups, rank patches were worn on a single collar opposite a badge of unit membership. The exception was for the ranks Standartenführer and above which displayed rank insignia on both collars.
|Insignia||NSFK Rank||Translation||Luftwaffe equivalent|
|Obergruppenführer||Senior Group Leader||General|
|Obersturmbannführer||Senior Assault Unit Leader||Oberstleutnant|
|Sturmbannführer||Assault Unit Leader||Major|
|Hauptsturmführer||Chief Assault Leader||Hauptmann|
|Obersturmführer||Senior Assault Leader||Oberleutnant|
|Untersturmführer||Junior Assault Leader||Leutnant|
|Obertruppführer||Senior Troop Leader||Stabsfeldwebel|
|Oberscharführer||Senior Squad Leader||Oberfeldwebel|
- The Free Balloon Pilot Badge (Das Abzeichen für Freiballonführer). This was authorized on 10 March 1938 by NSFK Korpsführer, Christiansen.
- The Motor Aircraft Pilot Badge (Das Abzeichen für Motorflugzeugführer). This was authorized on 12 July 1938 by Christiansen.
- The Large Glider Flyer Badge (Das Große Segelfliegerabzeichen). This was authorized on 26 January 1942 by Christiansen.
- "Uniform und Rangabzeichen des NSFK" (in German). Retrieved 26 November 2018.
- Ley, Robert (1937). "Table 73". Organisationsbuch der NSDAP (in German). Zentralverlag.
- "Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK) Regulation Collar Tabs". German Daggers. 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
- Ley, Robert (1943). Organisationsbuch der NSDAP. Zentralverlag der NSDAP, images 70-73.
- Herzfeld, Andreas (2013). Die Riemann'sche Sammlung deutscher Autoflaggen und Kfz-Stander, vol. 1. p. 170, and image 71.
- Doehle 1995, p. 122.