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Old 12th March 2020, 17:40
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Who is the RK officer?

Any ideas who the RK-officer is in the centre? No dates or clues apart from it looks like he has a Bulgarian badge
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Old 12th March 2020, 20:47
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Re: Who is the RK officer?

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Old 12th March 2020, 21:22
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Old 13th March 2020, 15:54
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Re: Who is the RK officer?

So can anyone else agree or disagree with these 2 names?
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Re: Who is the RK officer?

Far be it for me to claim any expertise in German aircrew and aircraft, but:

a) what aircraft type are they standing under? Bf 110?
b) the man on the left has the Deutsches Kreuz, presumably in Gold
c) the man next to him is holding a bottle (wine or Champaign)
d) the man next to him is the RK holder, I am guessing the pilot

My guess is these three are the crew of a Bf 110 being congratulated for a significant sortie number, or a significant victory total. Earliest possible date would be late 1941 (DKG created Sept 1941 [Wikipedia]), but more likely 1942 or 43.

But I could be wrong. (horrors!)

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Old 13th March 2020, 16:59
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Re: Who is the RK officer?

Chris,

To me it's neither Ihlefeld nor Gollob - perhaps that DKiG holder on the left may offer a clue. I'm not even sure that these are fighter pilots at all. From the outfits worn by the officers and NCOs in this photo I would date it second half of 1942 or later.

Sorry I cannot offer more.

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Re: Who is the RK officer?

He bears some resemblance to Nowotny.
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Re: Who is the RK officer?

Looks like he has a Bulgarian Pilots badge next to his EK1, which might narrow down the search.
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Re: Who is the RK officer?

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Far be it for me to claim any expertise in German aircrew and aircraft, but:

a) what aircraft type are they standing under? Bf 110? …

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A Ju 87, I think and probably a D-model from the type of underwing rack.
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Re: Who is the RK officer?

I believe that's the wing of a Ju 87D-5.

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