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Within this section, `Aces` will attempt to give an insight into the notable pilots who flew the 262, occasionally through the eyes of surviving pilots themselves. `Me262 Units`, will explain the roles of the various Staffel formed to either use the 262 in the combat role, or to evaluate the machine for other purposes. Firstly, below is a list of Luftwaffe ranks, with an equivalent US or RAF rank given. this is to aid the reader in understanding the rank of an individual pilot, highlighted within the Aces section. 

 

    Understanding Luftwaffe Rank    


Here is a comparative list of Luftwaffe, USAAF and RAF ranks. Note however that some Luftwaffe ranks had no equivalent in Allied air forces. These have been given their approximate meaning in brackets, although such ranks didn't exist in Allied air forces. 

While ranks are equivalent, in reality Luftwaffe ranks carried a far greater range of responsibility. Also, while officers of the RAF were given `acting` higher ranks when given commands of larger units, German pilots retained their previous rank, regardless of how large a unit they commanded. For more on that, see the GERMAN CHAIN OF COMMAND.

 

              Luftwaffe          

                  USAF                 

                 RAF                  

Flieger

Airman

Aircraftsman

Gefreiter

Lance-Corporal

Leading Aircraftsman

Obergefreiter
(Senior Lance-Corporal)

n/a

n/a

Unteroffizier

Corporal

Corporal

Feldwebel

Sergeant

Sergeant

Oberfeldwebel

Technical Sergeant

Flight Sergeant

Stabsfeldwebel

Staff Sargeant

Warrant Officer

Fahnenjunker Feldwebel
(Colour Sergeant)

n/a

n/a

Fahnrich
(Officer Cadet)

n/a

n/a

Oberfahnrich
(Senior Officer Cadet)

n/a

n/a

Leutnant

2nd Lieutenant

Pilot Officer

Oberleutnant

1st Lieutenant

Flying Officer

Hauptmann

Captain

Flight Lieutenant

Major

Major

Squadron Leader

Oberstleutnant

Lieutenant Colonel

Wing Commander

Oberst

Colonel

Group Captain

Where there is no corresponding rank, an approximation has been given in bold-green type.

Material by J. Hatch & E. Petrinic 1998/2000

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