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German Air Force 1933-1945

Deutsche Luftwaffe

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Flag of an Air Force Field Marshal 1941-1945 / Rangflagge eines Generalfeldmarschalls der Luftwaffe

[Air Force Field Marshal 1941-1945 (Third Reich, Germany) obverse, sinister hoist]
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[Air Force Field Marshal 1941-1945 (Third Reich, Germany) reverse, sinister hoist]
1:1 images by Jaume Ollé

Obverse: A square light blue flag, at the center a Luftwaffe eagle, at each corner gold crossed batons surrounded by a gold wreath, the border gold decorated by gold swastikas. The reverse switches the position of wreathed batons and eagle (eagles at corners, batons at center). Introduced 1941. Illustrated in Flaggenbuch 1939, pl. VIIa (after 1941), Davis 1975, p. 142 (black and white) and [Roger James] Bender, The Luftwaffe, p. 287.
Norman Martin, January 1998


Flag of the Air Force Chief of Staff 1937-1941 / Flagge des Chefs des Generalstabs der Luftwaffe

[Air Force Chief of Staff 1937-1941 (Third Reich, Germany)] 1:1 image by Jaume Ollé

Like the flag of the Under-Secretary for Air Travel except that the main field is diagonally quartered upper and lower black, left and right white, and the wreath is eliminated. In use 1937-1941. Illustrated in Flaggenbuch 1939, pl. VII, Davis 1975, p. 105 and [Roger James] Bender, The Luftwaffe, p. 289.
Norman Martin, January 1998


Flag of the Chief of an Air Fleet / Flagge des Chefs einer Luftflotte

[Chief of an Air Fleet (Third Reich, Germany)] 1:1 image by Jaume Ollé

Flag of Commanding Generals of the Air Force / Flagge der Kommandierenden Generale der Luftwaffe

[Commanding Generals of the Air Force (Third Reich, Germany)] 3:5 image by Jaume Ollé

Car Flag for Commanding Generals of the Air Force / Hoheitszeichen an Kraftfahrwagen für Kommandierenden Generale der Luftwaffe

[Air Force Commanding Generals Car Flag] image by Jaume Ollé

Flag of Commanders of an Air Sector, of an Air Division and of Leaders of Naval Air Forces / Flagge des Kommandeurs eines Luftgaues, Kommandeurs eines Fliegerdivision, Führers der Seeluftstreitkräfte

[Commanders of an Air Sector, of an Air Division, Leaders of Naval Air Forces (Third Reich, Germany)] 3:5 image by Jaume Ollé

Car Pennant for Air Force Generals / Hoheitszeichen am Kraftwagen für Generale der Luftwaffe

[Air Force Generals' Car Pennant (Third Reich, Germany)] image by Jaume Ollé
N.B.: The swastikas in the lower row are mistakenly reversed

A blue pennant with a gold flying (Luftwaffe-type) eagle carrying a swastika in its talons. On hoist, a thin gold band, on other edges a wide gold fringe, decorated with swastikas. From p. VIIa of Flaggenbuch 1939.
Norman Martin, March 1998


Car Pennant for Other Members of the Air Force / Hoheitszeichen am Kraftwagen für die übrigen Angehörigen der Luftwaffe

[Other Members of the Air Force (Third Reich, Germany)] image by Jaume Ollé

A blue pennant with a white flying (Luftwaffe-type) eagle carrying a swastika in its talons.
Norman Martin, March 1998


Herman Goering Panzer division flag

[Herman Goering Panzer division flag] image by Rick Prohaska, 21 May 2007

The Panzer Units all Used the color Pink in the color coded designation, the reason for the Luftwaffe type eagle on an army flag was that the division was named after the Reichmarshall of the Luftwaffe Herman Goering, thus the Luftwaffe type eagle many copies exist with the large lettering HG for Herman Goering. The Post made after my post about this being a Luftwaffe flag are incorrect enclosed is a modern copy of one of the flags used.
Rick Prohaska, 21 May 2007

If my memory serves me correctly, the HG Division was not just named after Goering. HG organized its predecessor unit before he became head of the Luftwaffe, and later reorganized it as a Luftwaffe unit. It remained under his command throughout the war.  (The idea of a Luftwaffe Panzer Division is pretty odd, but I guess it made sense to an egotistical Nazi.) Technically speaking, the flag of the HG Division *was* a Luftwaffe flag. Rick may have been right the first time.
Peter Ansoff, 21 May 2007

I stand by my original assertion that this is the flag used by the panzergrenadier division Hermann Goering. The other posters are wrong and are guessing. The actual colors were black pink black with the eagle and the HG were in White outlined in Black. Here is a modern copy of that flag. As a further verification I am including a copy of the Divisions rubber stamper imprint
The Army Unit, was named after the head of the Luftwaffe. Thus the army unit Herman Goering who was the head of the Luftwaffe. When dealing with Third Reich Military designations  It is easy to remember that the Panzer Unites Used Pink as a Tactical Color, on their flags, and the trim on their collar tabs, shoulder boards and caps, simply say PINK PANTHER or Panzer the images sticks forever to any one from a country where they showed the PINK Panther.
Here a modern tank is used with a pink panzer motif.
Getting back to this flag the unit had brigades that had artillery Red is the color designation for artillery in The US army, The Confederacy, The British and The German Army.
Rick Prohaska, 24 Nov 2008


German Airforce (Luftwaffe) units until 1945

[German Airforce (Luftwaffe) units until 1945]<>[German Airforce (Luftwaffe) units until 1945] images sent by Albert Kirsch, 6 Aug 2006

The attached images were sent to me for identification; the sender did not make it clear whether these were two flags or obverse and reverse of one (which I suspect). She said they were from the Battle of the Bulge. I gather they are regimental colors of some sort, but have no other knowledge of this sort of thing. Can anyone help?
Albert Kirsch, 6 Aug 2006

The pictures show both sides of the regimental colors of  German Airforce (Luftwaffe) units until 1945.
Jörg M. Karaschewski, 6 Aug 2006


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