Manufacturer           Model
DFS                         "Schulgleiter" SG.38; standard basic gliding trainer (1938)
DFS                         "Kranich II"; two seat, advanced training glider (1935)
Schneider / DFS      "Grunau Baby II"; glider (1932)
DFS                        "Habicht"; single-seat acrobatics sailplane (1936)
DFS                       "Weihe"; high-performance single-seat sailplane (1938)
DFS                       "Olympia Meise"; high-performance single-seat sailplane (1939)
Schempp-Hirth        "Goevier or Gö 4";  side by side, two seat glider.
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All gliders within the NSFK, regardless of what gruppe they belonged to, had to be cream in color.  Markings and
numbering were applied in black paint on the sides of the fuselage, the lower surface of wings and occasionally on
the upper surface of wings.  The markings and numbering were applied as follows:

D- followed by a number representing the specific NSFK Gruppe to which the sailplane or glider belonged, followed
by a number representing either its assigned number within that NSFK Gruppe, or its number among all the gliders
in Germany at the time of its delivery. Typical registration would look like the following:  
D-11-3400.  This
example would show that the glider belong to NSFK Gruppe 11 and was assigned glider #3400.   The German
national insignia was found in the same location it was applied to most Luftwaffe aircraft, on both sides of the
upper tail of the glider, generally inside a white circle surrounded by red or as time passed, just the national
symbol by itself.  Occasionally, the NSFK Icarus emblem can also be found applied just ahead of the cockpit, on the
port side of the nose of the glider.  On occasion, slightly different markings can be observed in period photos, but
the above description relates the markings generally found on most NSFK gliders.

Many gliders at this time and later still maintained transparent fabric that was doped and varnished.  In most
instances, only the plywood parts of the aircraft were painted. As can be noted from the following list, NSFK
numbers corresponding to areas were very such the same as the earlier Luftsport-Landesgruppen.  The
Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps of NSFK gruppes list shown below is from a 1938 NSFK listing, following the
annexation of Austria (Ostmark).
The following is a listing of NSFK Reichssegelflugschulen (National Gliding Schools).  This
listing is as reported by the NSFK in 1940.
NSFK items are fast becoming some of my favorite items in my collection.  This is
due to the fascinating history of the NSFK and my own love of soaring.  I put this page
together to provide some additional information regarding the NSFK and the gliders
that were utilized both by this organization, and the Luftwaffe.  While not claiming to
be an expert in any way on this topic, I hope to provide additional information that
others might find interesting and helpful regarding this fascinating group and the
aircraft they flew.  If anyone spots any mistakes among all this information, or if you
have any suggestions, please feel free to contact me.
If you happen to use any of the more modern versions of Microsoft Flight simulator, there is a terrific designer of
computerized gliders who lives in Germany, his name is Wolfgang Piper.  Visit
www.fsglider.de and safely download
some of the most famous German gliders from history, including most of the pre-war and war-time German gliders
flown by the NSFK.  Below are just a few examples of the amazing simulator gliders available from this terrific
designer.  (From left to right:  SG-38, Grunau Baby II, Kranich and the Minimoa.)
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Luftwaffe Gliders:
Prior to and during WWII, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) also operated gliders, independent of the NSFK.  Like the
NSFK, the Luftwaffe had a number of glider pilot schools located throughout the Reich.  The attendees of these Luftwaffe
glider pilot schools were generally powered qualified pilots, some who learned their gliding skills as youth in the NSFK,
who would ultimately end up flying transport and assault gliders for the Luftwaffe.  The Luftwaffe used a variety of gliders,
many the same as those used in the NSFK glider training, to teach their pilots the techniques of gliding and soaring.  The
Luftwaffe tested numerous designs and fielded a number of gliders which were actually used during wartime operations.  
Some of the gliders used by the Luftwaffe include:
1)  DFS 230 Assault Glider
2)  DFS 331 Assault Glider
3)  Gotha Go 242 Transport glider
4)  Gotha Go 345 Assault Glider
5)  Gotha Ka 430 Transport Glider
6)  Junkers Ju 322 Assault Glider
7)  Messerschmitt Me 321 Assault/Transport Glider.  (This was the largest production glider ever used by a military
service.)

Unlike their NSFK counter-parts, the Luftwaffe glider pilots were being trained to deploy their gliders into the combat
arena.  While their initial training occurred using the same smaller, one person gliders used by the NSFK, Luftwaffe glider
pilots would eventually graduate into flying the much larger transport and assault gliders.
Above and Left:  Two photographs in my collection, recently
obtained together from Germany.  Both show Luftwaffe gliders
pilots during training.  The photograph on the left shows terrific
detail of the glider and flight gear used by the Luftwaffe glider
training corp.
Right:  Another photograph in my collection
showing a Luftwaffe glider pilot and his glider.  
The markings on the side of the aircraft indicate
it's use within the Luftwaffe, rather than the
NSFK.

Designation Manufacturer or Designer Remarks
108-10   Schneider "Grunau 9"; primary glider (1929)
108-11    RRG "Zögling 33"; primary glider (1933)
108-14   DFS "Schulgleiter" SG.38; standard basic gliding trainer (1938)
108-15   RRG "Zögling 12m"; primary glider (1934)
108-16   Weber EW-2; four-seat high-performance sailplane
108-21   Hirth Hi 21; two-seat sailplane
108-22   Hirth Hi 20 "MoSe" (for Motorsegler = motor glider); motorized glider
108-29   "Fliege IIa"; primary glider (1935)
108-30   DFS "Kranich II"; two-seat sailplane (1935)
108-47   Jacobs "Rhönadler"; single-seat high-performance sailplane (1932)
108-48   Dittmar "Condor I"; high-performance sailplane (1932)
108-49   Schneider / DFS "Grunau Baby II"; glider (1932)
108-50   Jacobs "Rhönbussard"; single-seat high-performance sailplane (1933)
108-51    Jacobs / DFS "Rhönsperber"; single-seat high-performance sailplane (1935)
108-53   DFS "Habicht"; single-seat acrobatics sailplane (1936)
108-56   Dittmar "Condor II"; single-seat high-performance sailplane (1935)
108-58   Hirth Göppingen Gö 1 "Wolf"; sailplane (1935)
108-59   Hirth Göppingen Gö 3 "Minimoa"; high-performance sailplane (1935)
108-60   Jacobs / DFS "Reiher"; single-seat high-performance sailplane (1937)
108-61    Hütter / Schempp-Hirth Göppingen Gö 4; two-seat sailplane (1937)
108-62   Schwarzwald-Flugzeugbau Donaueschingen "Strolch"; high-performance sailplane
108-63   Akaflieg München Mü 13D "Merlin"; high-performance sailplane (1936)
108-64   Schwarzwald-Flugzeugbau Donaueschingen "Ibis"
108-65   Dittmar / Schleicher "Condor III"; single-seat high-performance sailplane (1938)
108-66   Schneider "Grunau Baby III"; sailplane (1938)
108-67   Hütter H 17; sailplane (1937)
108-68   Jacobs / DFS "Weihe"; high-performance single-seat sailplane (1938)
108-70   Jacobs / DFS "Olympia Meise"; high-performance single-seat sailplane (1939)
108-72   Akaflieg München Mü 17 "Merle"; high-performance sailplane (1939)
108-74   FVA Aachen / Schmetz FVA 10b "Rheinland"; high-performance sailplane
DFS logo
Left:  Two wartime era photographs of a
Luftwaffe Segelflieger and his glider, both
dated October 1943.  Both provide
interesting detail to the flight equipment
worn by glider pilots, including the addition
of a parachute in the far left photograph.
Counter
Above and Left:  Two photographs recently obtained together, showing
Luftwaffe glider students and their glider.  Both photographs provide
terrific details related to the uniforms worn by the Luftwaffe
students during their flight training.
Right:  An interesting photograph showing a
glider that bears markings showing it belongs
to NSFK Gruppe 7 of Dresden.  However, the
photograph depicts Luftwaffe glider pilots
and personnel entering and around the glider,
showing it is clearly being used by the
Luftwaffe for training purposes.  Also of
interest is the logo shown just below the
canopy of the glider, "M/W", which is the logo
for the Mannesmann company.  During this
time, companies would often donate gliders to
the NSFK and their emblem or logo would be
appropriately applied to the side of the glider.
Left:  Another photograph showing Luftwaffe
glider pilots during training.  Of interest is the
Luftwaffe flight apparel including the flight
suits, flight helmet and goggles, all Luftwaffe
issued items.  The National emblem on the tail
and the manner which it is displayed gives an
idea to the time period of the photograph.
Left:  "I have flown my C."  An original, pre-1945
postcard produced for pilots to celebrate their
achievement of the C certificate.  This unused
postcard was manufactured by P. Steffgen, Koblenz,
Germany.  Neat card that is rarely seen.
NSFK Gruppe Nr
Area
Headquarters
1
Ostland
Konigsberg, East Prussia
2
Nord
Stettin, Pomerania
3
Nordwest
Hamburg
4
Berlinl/Kurmark
Prussia
5
(later ) Wartheland - Posen
not allocated to any group, as printed in 1938
6
Schlesien
Breslau, Silesia
7
Elbe-Saale
Dresden
8
Mitte
Middle of Germany, Eschwege
9
Weser-Elbe
Hannover
10
Westfalen
Dortmund, Westfalia
11
Hessen-Westmark
Darmstadt
12
Niederrhein
Essen-Lover Rhein
13
Main-Donau
Nuremberg-Danube
14
Bayern-Sud
Munich-Bavaria
15
Schwaben
Stuttgart-Swabia
16
Sudwest
KarIsruhe-Southwest
17
Ostmark
Wien, (Vienna) Austria
Gruppe #
Location
NSFK Gruppe 1
East Prussia Rossiten on the Baltic coast
NSFK Gruppe 2
Pomerania
NSFK Gruppe 3
North Germany - Hamburg area Fischbeck
NSFK Gruppe 4
Berlin area (Rhinow and Trebbin)
NSFK Gruppe 6
Silesia (Breslau) Grunau
NSFK Gruppe 7
Dresden (Laucha and Grossruckerswalde)
NSFK Gruppe 8
Middle Germany  (Weimar Wasserkuppe, Harsberg, Dornberg)
NSFK Gruppe 9
Hannover  (Salzgitter, Ith (Scharfoldendorf) Ballenstedt)
NSFK Gruppe 10
Dortmund (Borkenberge and Schuren)
NSFK Gruppe 11
Frankfurt am Main (extending to west Humerich)
NSFK Gruppe 13
Nurnberg (Hesselberg)
NSFK Gruppe 14
Bavaria, Munich Schwangau
NSFK Gruppe 15
Stuttgart(Schwabische Alb The Teck and Hornberg)
NSFK Gruppe 16
Karlsruhe and Rheinland -Pfalz Lechen Speyerdorf
NSFK Gruppe 17
All of Austria (The Zell am See Ostmark)
   
Right:  A beautiful example of a
small booklet published in 1936, being
#24 of 26 booklets in the set.  This
booklet, published for the 1936
Berlin Summer Olympics is dedicated
to glider flying, and contains  
numerous photographs of glider
building and flying.
Organizational Structure of the NSFK
Gruppen
Standarten
Sturmbanne
Stürme
Trupps
Scharen


NSFK Ranks
Korpsführer
Ehrenführer
Obergruppenführer
Gruppenführer
Brigadeführer
Oberführer
Standartenführer
Obersturmbannführer
Sturmbannführer
Hauptsturmführer
Obersturmführer
Sturmführer
Obertruppführer
Truppführer
Oberscharführer
Scharführer
Rottenführer
Sturmmann
NSFK-Mann
Anwärter
Above:  A death/remembrance card of a soldier
killed on the Eastern front.  The card indicates
that Obergefr. Albert Huber was killed on
February 29, 1944 while fighting on the Eastern
front.  At the time of his death, he was 33 years
old.  He was a former NSFK member who held the
rank of Scharfuhrer while serving with the NSFK
in Braunau.  Prior to this death, he had been
awarded the Eastern Front Medal.
Above:  An interesting photograph recently obtained from Germany showing a Luftwaffe glider
pilot preparing to enter his glider.  On the reverse side of the photograph is a portion of the
pilot's Segelflieger Ausweis.  The small portion of the Ausweis identifies the pilot as Erwin Kottas,
born September 14, 1919.  The document shows that Kottas earned his "C" badge for glider flying
on September 30, 1942.  The document also interestingly shows that he was issued "C" certificate
numbered 28640.  THe NSFK stamp on the document appears to show the document being related
to NSFK Gruppe 9.
An unused, wartime postcard depicting a Stuka towing several gliders.  This comical postcard shows the rear gunner of the
Stuka telling the glider pilots to cut loose.  At the same time, the glider pilots are saying they will cut loose at the "next uplift."  
The wording at the bottoms reads:  "bold young ones.:
Above:  Three photographs showing a cup from the Waggum Airport (Braunschweig-Waggum), which was
located near what is now Brunswick, Germany.  This airport was originally built in 1934 and became a Luftwaffe
airbase in 1939.  This was also the location of a Luftwaffe glider school, which had 8 Ju-52's and 20 DFS-230's
assigned to the school for student learning.  This was not an NSFK sponored glider school and was specifically
eastablished to train Luftwaffe pilots in piloting the larger, DFS-230 assault gliders.  As the war progressed,
numerous Luftwaffe squadrons found themselves operating from the Braunschweig-Waggum airfield, including
both fighter and bomber units.  A total of 42 air raids were carried out against this city by both the RAF and the
Army Air Corps.
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