Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Feindflugjubiläum (Mission Milestone)

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Photo above was taken shortly before the return of Oberfeldwebel Helmut Benkendorff from his 500th feindflug, shows a staffel vehicle adorned with a wreath and the number 500, along with a gift basket and bouquet. In the basket is the Gruppe's "Eagle" emblem

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Oberfeldwebel Helmut Benkendorff imediately after landing. With the flowers in hand, he receives the congratulations of the Staffelkapitän of 7./St.G. 1, Leutnant Willi Viertel, for the benefit of the photographers

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Oberfeldwebel Helmut Benkendorff and Leutnant Willi Viertel with the gift basket. The four wings on his sleeve identify him as an Oberfeldwebel

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Oberfeldwebel Helmut Benkendorff in front of the aircraft Junkers Ju 87 D-5 "A5+MN" Stuka in which he flew the milestone mission

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