At first the nightfighter pilots werd awarded the Frontflugspange für Jäger. By institution it was orderd that the decoration was to be worn upside down (arrow pointing downwards and swastika at the top). On 14th August 1942 a special spange was instituted for Nah-Nachtjäger. It was instituted with the grades bronze, silver, gold and gold with hanger (20, 60, 110 and 250 operational sorties).
The decoration was the same as the Frontflugspange für Jäger, with that distinction that the oak leaf ring was colored in black and the arrow dark.
On 29th April 1944 a hanger with sorties number for every full 100 sorties was introduced and the oak leaf ring and arrow were made black.