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Here is a simplified explanation as to the responsibilities of a ranking German Officer

 

   Rank Of Commanding Officer   

        Formation         

Reichsmarschall

Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe (Supreme Commander)

General der flieger (Air general)
  Generaloberst (Colonel-General)

Chef der Generalstabes der Luftwaffe (Chief of air staff)

General der flieger (Air general)
Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal)

Luftflotte 1 (First Air Force)

Generalmajor (Major-General)
Generalleutnant (Lieutenant-General)
General der Flieger (Air General)

I Fliegerkorps (I  Air corps)

Major/Oberstleutnant (Major/Lieutenant-Colonel)

Oberst/General Major (Colonel/Major-General)

Geschwader (Group, 100 -120 aircraft)

Major (Major)
Hauptmann (Captain)
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-Colonel

Gruppe (Wing, 30-36 aircraft)

Oberleutnant (First-Lieutenant)
Hauptmann (Captain)

Staffel (Squadron, 9-12 aircraft)

Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Leutnant (Lieutenant)
Oberleutnant (First-Lieutenant)

Schwarm (fighters only) or Kette (sections of 3 or 4 aircraft)

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

 

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