National Socialist Flyers Corps

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.

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


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][3]

Shoulder insignia Collar insignia NSFK Rank Translation Luftwaffe equivalent
NSFK-Korpsführer shoulder NSFK-Korpsführer.svg Korpsführer Corps Leader Generalfeldmarschall
NSFK-Gruppenführer shoulder 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 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 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

Standarte Korpsführer NSFK


Standarte Stabsführer NSFK


Standarte Gruppenführer NSFK


Standarte Standartenführer NSFK


Wimpel Sturmangehörige NSFK


Wimpel Sturmführer NSFK



  1. ^ "Uniform und Rangabzeichen des NSFK" (in German). Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ Ley, Robert (1937). "Table 73". Organisationsbuch der NSDAP (in German). Zentralverlag.
  3. ^ "Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK) Regulation Collar Tabs". German Daggers. 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule

The Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule (DVS), German Air Transport School, was a covert military-training organization operating as a flying school in Germany. It began during the Weimar Republic in Staaken, Berlin in 1925 and its head office was transferred in 1929 to Broitzem airfield near Braunschweig.The DVS was outwardly a flying school for commercial pilots, but in fact became a secret military arm training military aviators for the future Luftwaffe. This training facility grew in importance in the initial stages of Nazi Germany, while camouflaging as a harmless civilian organization (Tarnorganisation), at the time of Germany's rearmament in violation of the Versailles Treaty.On May 31, 1945, after Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II, the American Military Government issued a special law outlawing the Nazi Party and all of its branches. Known as "Law number five", this Denazification decree disbanded the Deutsche Verkehrsfliegschule and its facilities were taken over by the occupying forces.

Some flying schools in Germany operatie under the same name in different locations in the country. All of them were established after the war.

Eidgenössische Sammlung

Eidgenössische Sammlung (German; literally "Confederate Collection") was a Swiss political party, founded in 1940 by Robert Tobler as a successor to the recently dissolved National Front.The party demanded an adjustment in Swiss policy to favour the Axis powers. This was particularly important as, after June 1940 the country was surrounded by fascist and Nazi states. It was open in its loyalty towards Nazi Germany.The Eidgenössiche Sammlung was closely supervised by the state because of its origins and so could not develop freely. In 1943 the police finally cracked down on the group and it was outlawed along with all of its sub-organisations as part of a wider government initiative against the National Front and its offshoots.

German Air Sports Association

The German Air Sports Association (Deutscher Luftsportverband, or DLV e. V.) was an organisation set up by the Nazi Party in March 1933 to establish a uniform basis for the training of military pilots. Its chairman was Hermann Göring and its vice-chairman Ernst Röhm.


Gruppenführer ([ˈɡʀʊpn̩.fyːʀɐ], "group leader") was an early paramilitary rank of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), first created in 1925 as a senior rank of the SA. Since then, the term Gruppenführer is also used for leaders of groups/teams of the police, fire departments, military and several other organizations.

Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp

Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp (19 November 1897 – 27 February 1976) was a German fighter pilot notable for being one of the few two-war aces in history. After scoring six victories in World War I, he became a Luftwaffe ace in World War II, with 12 additional victories. Also he was a member of the National Socialist Flyers Corps with the rank of NSFK-Obergruppenführer.

Heinkel He 72

The Heinkel He 72 Kadett ("Cadet") was a German single-engine biplane trainer of the 1930s.


Korpsführer was a Nazi Party paramilitary rank that was the highest rank used by the National Socialist Motor Corps and the National Socialist Flyers Corps. Translated as "Corps Leader", the rank of Korpsführer was held by the single officer in command of the entire organization. The rank was the equivalent of Reichsführer-SS, at least on paper.

National Socialist Bloc

National Socialist Bloc (in Swedish: Nationalsocialistiska Blocket) was a Swedish national socialist political party formed in the end of 1933 by the merger of Nationalsocialistiska Samlingspartiet, Nationalsocialistiska Förbundet and local National Socialist units connected to the advocate Sven Hallström in Umeå. Later Svensk Nationalsocialistisk Samling merged into NSB.

The leader of the party was Colonel Martin Ekström. The party maintained several publications, Landet Fritt (Gothenburg), Vår Kamp (Gothenburg), Vår Front (Umeå), Nasisten (Malmö) and Riksposten.

NSB differentiated itself from other Swedish National Socialist groups due to its liaisons with the Swedish upper class. NSB was clearly smaller than the two main National Socialist parties in Sweden at the time, SNSP and NSAP. Gradually the party vanished.

Nazi Germany paramilitary ranks

National Socialist paramilitary ranks were pseudo-military titles which were used by the Nazis, represented by the Nazi Party, the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP), between the years of 1920 and 1945. Since the Nazi Party was by its very nature a paramilitary organization, by the time of the Second World War, several systems of paramilitary ranks had come into existence for both the Nazi Party itself and the various Nazi paramilitary organizations.

The following articles provide information regarding the various paramilitary rank systems used by the Nazi Party:

Ranks and insignia of the Nazi Party

Uniforms and insignia of the Schutzstaffel

Uniforms and insignia of the Sturmabteilung

Ranks and insignia of the Hitler Youth

Ranks and insignia of the National Socialist Flyers Corps

Ranks and insignia of the National Socialist Motor Corps

Ranks and insignia of the VolkssturmAfter the Nazi Party came to power in Germany, a number of Nazi state controlled and/or sponsored organizations developed Nazi style ranks, insignia, and titles. Such various ranks and insignia were:

Ranks and insignia of the Ordnungspolizei

Ranks and insignia of the Reichsarbeitsdienst

Ranks and insignia of the Reichsluftschutzbund

Ranks and insignia of the Reichsbahn

Ranks and insignia of Organisation TodtThe Nazi use of paramilitary ranks even extended as far as inmates of concentration camps. By 1936, a system of Nazi concentration camp badges had been developed along paramilitary lines.


Obergruppenführer (German: [ˈoːbɐˌɡʁʊpn̩fyːʁɐ], "senior group leader") was one of the Third Reich's paramilitary ranks, first created in 1932 as a rank of the Sturmabteilung (SA), and adopted by the Schutzstaffel (SS) one year later. Until April 1942, it was the highest commissioned SS rank, inferior only to then Reichsführer-SS (Heinrich Himmler or RFSS, which was the internal SS-abbreviation for Himmler) Translated as "senior group leader", the rank of Obergruppenführer was senior to Gruppenführer. A similarly named rank of Untergruppenführer existed in the SA from 1929 to 1930 and as a title until 1933. In April 1942, the new rank of SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer was created which was above Obergruppenführer and below Reichsführer-SS.


Obersturmbannführer ([ˈoːbɐ.ʃtʊʁm.ban.fyːʀɐ], lit. "senior assault unit leader") was a paramilitary German Nazi Party (NSDAP) rank used by both the SA and the SS. It was created in May 1933 to fill the need for an additional rank above Sturmbannführer as the SA expanded. It became an SS rank at the same time. Translated as "senior assault (or storm) unit leader", Obersturmbannführer was junior to Standartenführer and was the equivalent to Oberstleutnant (lieutenant colonel) in the German Army. The insignia for Obersturmbannführer was four silver pips and a stripe, centered on the left collar of an SS/SA uniform. The rank also displayed the shoulder boards of an Oberstleutnant and was the highest SS/SA rank to display unit insignia on the opposite collar.


Reichsjugendführer ("National Youth Leader") was the highest paramilitary rank of the Hitler Youth. In 1931, Hitler appointed Baldur von Schirach as the first Reich Youth Leader. In 1933, all youth organizations were brought under Schirach's control. Artur Axmann succeeded Schirach as national leader of the Hitler Youth on 8 August 1940.


Rottenführer (German: [ˈʁɔtn̩fyːʁɐ], "section leader") was a Nazi Party paramilitary rank that was first created in the year 1932. The rank of Rottenführer was used by several Nazi paramilitary groups, among them the Sturmabteilung (SA), the Schutzstaffel (SS) and was senior to the paramilitary rank of Sturmmann.The insignia for Rottenführer consisted of two double silver stripes on a bare collar patch. On field grey SS uniforms, the sleeve chevrons of an Obergefreiter (senior lance-corporal) were also worn.


Scharführer ([ˈʃaːɐ̯.fyːʀɐ], "squad leader") was a title or rank used in early 20th Century German military terminology. In German, Schar was one term for the smallest sub-unit, equivalent to (for example) a "troop" , "squad", or "section". The word führer simply meant "leader".

The term Scharführer can be traced to World War I, when it was referred to a NCO in charge of several shock troopers, or other special forces soldiers.

It was, however, used far more widely by Nazi Party paramilitary organizations, between 1925 and 1945 and became strongly associated with them.

Schneider Grunau Baby

The Schneider Grunau Baby was a single-seat sailplane first built in Germany in 1931, with some 6,000 examples constructed in some 20 countries. It was relatively easy to build from plans, it flew well, and the aircraft was strong enough to handle mild aerobatics and the occasional hard landing. When the Baby first appeared, it was accepted wisdom that the pilot should feel as much unimpeded airflow as possible, to better sense rising and falling currents of air and temperature changes etc.

It was designed by Edmund Schneider with the assistance of Wolf Hirth and Hugo Kromer as a smaller version of Schneider's ESG 31 of the previous year, incorporating an elliptical wing design based on work done by Akaflieg Darmstadt. It was named after Grunau, the town where Schneider's factory was located, now Jeżów Sudecki in Poland. The first 14 inner ribs were of the Göttingen 535 shape with the outer ribs gradually changing up to the last 22nd rib, having a bi-convex and symmetrical shape with a slight reduction in the angle of incidence. The tips and leading edges of the wings up to the main spar were covered with plywood. The tail unit was built of plywood. The intention was to create an aircraft suitable both for training and for cross-country soaring. Typical for its day, it was a high-wing braced monoplane with a fuselage of hexagonal cross-section and an open cockpit. The Baby was an instant success, and was enthusiastically promoted by gliding champion Wolf Hirth. An extensive redesign was undertaken in 1932 following the fatal crash of an unrelated Schneider design, which resulted in the Baby II. This version and the definitive Baby IIb that followed were adopted as standard sailplane trainers for the German Air Sports Association (later the National Socialist Flyers Corps).

During 1941, 30 GB gliders were built by Laminação Nacional de Metais, later Companhia Aeronáutica Paulista in Brazil, under the name "Alcatraz". Following World War II, series production restarted in Germany in 1956. The Baby was also built in France (as the Nord 1300) and the United Kingdom (as the Elliotts Baby EoN and the Slingsby T5 - Slingsby also used it as the basis for a number of their own designs). Edmund Schneider emigrated to Australia, where he developed the Baby design into his Baby 3 and Baby 4, which had enclosed cockpits.


A Stabsführer (translated as Staff Leader) served as a deputy to the leader of Hitler Youth, National Socialist Flyers Corps, National Socialist Motor Corps or Sturmabteilung. It was furthermore a Hitler Youth paramilitary rank held by the senior most member of the Adult Leadership Corps.

The SS-Oberabschnitt (major districts) and SS-Abschnitt (sub districts) of the Allgemeine SS each had their own Stabsführer to head certain staff of the district. In the SS-Abschnitt they were often the de facto leader.


Strasserism (German: Strasserismus or Straßerismus) is a strand of Nazism that calls for a more radical, mass-action and worker-based form of Nazism—hostile to Jews not from a racial, ethnic, cultural or religious perspective, but from an anti-capitalist basis—to achieve a national rebirth. It derives its name from Gregor and Otto Strasser, two brothers initially associated with this position.

Otto Strasser, who strategically opposed the views of Adolf Hitler, was expelled from the Nazi Party in 1930 and went into exile in Czechoslovakia, while Gregor Strasser was murdered in Germany on 30 June 1934 during the Night of the Long Knives. Strasserism remains an active position within strands of neo-Nazism.

The Immortals (neo-Nazis)

The Immortals (German Die Unsterblichen) was a neo-Nazi organization based in Germany that uses flash mobs to coordinate, gather and demonstrate. The members wear black clothing with white facial masks and carry torches when they march.

Vera von Bissing

Vera von Bissing (October 23, 1906 – June 15, 2002) was a German aerobatic pilot.

She earned her pilots license in 1930, and subsequently trained in aerobatics with Gerhard Fieseler. She began competing in aerobatic competitions - in 1932, von Bissing competed in an international aerobatics meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, where she was placed sixth. In 1936, she flew a Messerschmitt M35 at the World Aerobatic Championships' Olympic Celebration Competition, held alongside the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. She also participated in the women's event of the competition, held for the opening of the Rangsdorf airfield, and won. The following year, von Bissing competed in an international aviation event in Zürich. In 1939, she performed at an airshow in Eastbourne, England, where her execution of loops and half-rolls were described as "gems of precision".During World War II, von Bissing was employed as the head of a regional repair yard of the National Socialist Flyers Corps Group 6, at Eschwege, with approximately 100 planes. After the war, von Bissing described her work as including test-flying all planes once repaired, arranging engineering supplies for the yard, distributing and checking parachutes, and managing a ferrying centre which ferried small aircraft from factories to the Luftwaffe supply parks. She commanded about 100 ferry pilots, all men, and ferried over 1,000 planes without an accident. In 1944 von Bissing was awarded the War Merit Cross for her services. In 1945, at the end of the war, she was arrested by the Allied forces, but released after a few days.In 2010, a biography of von Bissing by Ernest Probst was published by GRIN Publishing.

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