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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
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Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101I-383-0338-03
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Ju 87 Stuka   Main article  Photos  
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

PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFING:

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.

MEN IN BLACK:

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

Bill:
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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