German pilots being briefed before a mission, Arras, France, May 1940; note Ju 87 Stuka aircraft in background

Caption   German pilots being briefed before a mission, Arras, France, May 1940; note Ju 87 Stuka aircraft in background ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101I-383-0338-03
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Nov 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
24 Sep 2016 05:49:44 PM


Officer rank on the left is a Lt. Colonel, next Officer is a 2nd Lieutenant. I can't identify the ranks of the third, fourth and fifth Officers.
Officer on far right, is a full Colonel.
Crews have been issued the beige one piece canvas K/So 34 summer flying suit.
Crews were also armed with German semi-auto pistols, or pistols captured from the occupied countries of different makes.


Ground crew in background were known as "Men in Black" because of their black overalls they kept the aircraft flying.

Aircraft in the background is the Junkers Ju-87B-2 (Stuka) that's carrying 2 x 300 liter/66 gallon drop tanks
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
24 Sep 2016 08:14:39 PM

I make it out to be a 1st Lt on the left (one bar, two moustaches), with a 2nd Lt next to him as you said, and a Capt on the right (one bar, three moustaches).

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