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My wife has always had memories of her Mum telling her about using morse code and radios whilst serving in the Luftwaffe in 1945 and that she was stationed in Lubeck. We have now found 2 photos of Mum in her role as a Luftwaffen Helfrin (I think!) and so we start to try to get more info so that the family can have a precise and informative record of her service.
So 2 photographs which will hopefully appear, 1st is a group of Helferinnen with Mum on the right. On the back is her writing with what we believe to say 'Can you find me?'
2nd photo is a photo of her with her battery. On the back she is saying where she is, but I cannot decypher the location, although the date confirms when she was there, wherever it is. The other writing is from Dad and presume he sent this photo back home to let his family in Manchester know about his soon to be bride. As described in the photo, Mum is identified by a cross. I was amazed and deeply saddened to see the faces of the young crew, it looks like a school photograph, hard times indeed for the young Germans of that era. Interesting that all the 'seniors' are older men. so the battery had old men, boys and women as crew.
As an interesting aside, I served 12 years in the RAF, in Bomber Command and it is a tad ironic that this wonderful ladies daughter married a man whose venerable forebearers she tried to shoot down! Also when Mum was brought abck to the UK in 1954 she did face some hostility from the locals, the Luftwaffe had bombed the local sweet factory in 1941!!
Any help re service, location, rank badge, trade qualifications would be greatfully recieved.
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"Luftwaffe Lübeck 4" reads: "Wie findest du es = How do you like it?"
"Luftwaffe Lübeck 2" (not captioned) reads:
"Unsere Batterie im Einsatz = Our battery during deployment/mission"
"The Girl Friend is the one above the x"
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Found that very interesting, thank you.
But I think there is reference only to the Luftwaffe situation.
Was there a similar rank structure for Army and SS heirarchy? I am thinking along the line of secretarial, clerical, administrative personnel at the junior level.
As well, would the SD have women officially acting as operatives?
Note I am thinking more along the line of spies or undercover investigators, not camp guards. Would said women have been given a formal rank?