National Socialist Flyers Corps

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National Socialist Flyers Corps
Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps - NSFK
NSFK Wimpel Fördernde Mitglieder.svg
NSFK pennant
Agency overview
Formed15 April 1937
Preceding agency
Dissolved8 May 1945
JurisdictionNazi Germany Nazi Germany
Occupied Europe
Agency executives

The National Socialist Flyers Corps (German: Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps; NSFK) was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi 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.

Ranks[edit]

The paramilitary rank system 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.

As of 1934, the final rank pattern of the National Socialist Flyer Corps was as follows:[1][2]

Shoulder insignia Collar insignia NSFK Rank Translation Luftwaffe equivalent
NSFK-Korpsführer shoulder.svg NSFK-Korpsführer.svg Korpsführer Corps Leader Generalfeldmarschall
NSFK-Gruppenführer shoulder.svg NSFK-Ehrenführer.svg Ehrenführer Honorary Leader Generaloberst
NSFK-Obergruppenführer.svg Obergruppenführer Senior Group Leader General
NSFK-Gruppenführer.svg Gruppenführer Group Leader Generalleutnant
NSFK-Brigadeführer.svg Brigadeführer Brigade Leader Generalmajor
NSFK-Oberführer.svg Oberführer Senior Leader Oberst
None.svg NSFK-Standartenführer.svg Standartenführer Regiment Leader Oberst
NSFK-Obersturmbannführer.svg Obersturmbannführer Senior Assault Unit Leader Oberstleutnant
NSFK-Sturmbannführer.svg Sturmbannführer Assault Unit Leader Major
Luftwaffe epaulette Leutnant.svg NSFK-Hauptsturmführer.svg Hauptsturmführer Chief Assault Leader Hauptmann
NSFK-Obersturmführer.svg Obersturmführer Senior Assault Leader Oberleutnant
NSFK-Untersturmführer.svg Untersturmführer Assault Leader Leutnant
Luftwaffe epaulette Mannschaften.svg NSFK-Obertruppführer.svg Obertruppführer Senior Troop Leader Stabsfeldwebel
NSFK-Truppführer.svg Truppführer Troop Leader Hauptfeldwebel
NSFK-Oberscharführer.svg Oberscharführer Senior Squad Leader Oberfeldwebel
NSFK-Scharführer.svg Scharführer Squad Leader Unteroffizier
NSFK-Rottenführer.svg Rottenführer Section Leader Obergefreiter
NSFK-Sturmmann.svg Sturmmann Storm Trooper Gefreiter
NSFK-Mann.svg Mann Trooper Flieger
None Anwärter Candidate None

Rank flags[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uniform und Rangabzeichen des NSFK" (in German). Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ Ley, Robert (1937). "Table 73". Organisationsbuch der NSDAP (in German). Zentralverlag.