Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe coastal pilot Leutnant Raymond Scheelke in 835 silver by Joh. Wagner & Sohn
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The Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe) was a Luftwaffe award established on 27 February 1940 by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, the Reich Minister of Aviation and Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe. It was officially known as the Ehrenpokal “für Besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg”, or Honor Goblet “For Special Achievement in the Air War”. The award was given only to flying personnel (pilots and aircrew). Recipients’ named were published in the periodical Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe (Honor List of the German Air Force). German archives indicate that approximately 58,000 were given “on paper”, but only 13–15,000 goblets were actually awarded according to the records. The award was made to aircrew who had already been awarded the Iron Cross First Class but whose performance was not considered to merit the German Cross or Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The actual goblet was produced in two materials, fine silver (German: Feinsilber) or also in German Silver (German: Alpaka) or Nickel silver. The size is about 200 mm tall x 100 mm in diameter. The goblet was produced in two pieces which were fitted together into one unit. The obverse depicts two eagles in mortal combat, while the reverse bears an Iron Cross in high relief. Oak leaves and acorns adorn the stem. The legend “Für Besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg” are formed into the base.
This piece is a rarer version made in fine silver (835 marked) maker marked by Joh. Wagner & Sohn. The ‘Pokal’ has an exceptionally nice look and shows nice and original uncleaned silver patina. The goblet is named to Küstenflieger (coatal pilot) Raymond Scheelke, who served in Küstenfliegergruppe 106. On March 28 1942 in the Gulf of Biscay (Spain) his Junker 88 plane was taken down by a Beaufighter of the British RAF 236 Squadron (Sgt. Archie William Taylor). The Beaufighter crashed into the Junker 88 and both planes crashed.