German airman putting on his gear in an airfield, France or Belgium, Aug-Sep 1944; note tail of He 111 aircraft in background

Caption   German airman putting on his gear in an airfield, France or Belgium, Aug-Sep 1944; note tail of He 111 aircraft in background ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101I-342-0620-07A
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He 111 Doppel-Blitz   Main article  Photos  
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 12 Aug 2010
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- of name of the originator, i.e. the photographer.
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Jan 2011 07:51:08 PM

LUFTWAFFE LOSSES IN WORLD WAR II: Between 1939 TO 1945 3,500,000 served in the Luftwaffe. 165,000 Killed in Action 155,000 Missing in Action 192,000 Wounded Did You Know... The Bomber Arm was given preference and received the best pilots. The training schools did not give preference to fighter pilots... and paid for it later, as the losses mounted. As the war continued the training schools produced more fighter pilots, later on former bomber pilots were retrained to fly single-engine fighters. KEEP THE BEST MEN: The Luftwaffe, like the USAAF took in the most qualified men. Those that washed out on multi engine or twin engined bombers and single-seat fighters, were assigned to light aircraft or for medical conditions, that kept them from flying high-performance aircraft. Those that failed flight training, went on to train as navigators/bombardier, gunners or ground/maintenance NCOs others later became maintenance/ordnance officers. LUFTWAFFE FIELD DIVISIONS: During the last part of the war, Luftwaffe Field Divisions were formed, these airmen had absolutely no training, poorly equipped and led they were not infantry, and were just thrown into battle. What a waste of technical trainng. The Luftwaffe like most other countries in Europe also had NCO pilots as the war progressed those that survived, became Commissioned officers.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
15 Jan 2015 09:19:53 PM

UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Let's see what our Luftwaffe airman has been issued. Looks like the K So/34 flight suit it has a diagonal zipper in front, chest pockets, zipper leg pockets, zippers around the trouser leg cuffs and medical dressings, some crew members wore an inflatable vest underneath the flight suit. His headgear is the M40 side cap and the LKp W 101 helmet /w M295 or M306 goggles, oxygen mask, fliers heated boots, gloves, small knife if he had to cut his parachute lines in case of an emergency and parachute not shown. SELF PROTECTION: Crew members were also armed with a mix of semi-automatic pistols of German manufacture or taken from the occupied countries and issued to flight crews. In the event of a crash landing, the machine guns could be taken from the bomber and used in a defensive position. If anyone has more information post it here, I'd like to read it

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