Original German WWII NSFK 1944 Indoor Flight Model Winner Presentation Table Medal in Case

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice German WWII Cased Presentation "Table Medal", a large award usually displayed on a shelf or table, as the name implies. Based on the inscription, it was awarded to the winner of the NSFK 1944 Indoor Flight Model Competition. The medal itself measures about 81mm in diameter, and is 6mm thick, made of die struck zinc alloy. It looks to originally have been silver washed, but that has since faded. It comes in a very nice satin and velvet lined case measuring about 4 3/4" square, with a functional hinge and lock.

The National Socialist Flyers Corps (Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps; NSFK) was a paramilitary organization of the NSDAP Party that 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.

The front side of the medal bears the NSFK insignia, and indicates that it was awarded by the office of the head of the NSFK:

(NSFK Insignia)

The reverse is marked with the following statement over the signature of Generaloberst Alfred Keller:

1 9 4 4

This roughly translates to "The Winner In The Reich Competition For Indoor Flight Models 1944", over the signature of the NSFK Leader Teller. We assume that this competition was one of many intended to build the aviation skills of the general population, with the intention of eventual military service.

The case on this example is definitely a step up from what we usually see, with a satin ribbon to help lift out the medal, as well as a pull down panel on the top, which is also marked to the Leader of the NSFK.

The medal has a lovely oxidized patina, and the case is in great shape. Ready to display!

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