Luftwaffe ME-109 Ground Crew Relaxing circa 1939

Im Westen, Feldflugplatz mit Me 109

Luftwaffe riggers of the Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) fighter wing (also known as “Ace of Spades”) resting at an airfield in front of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 with an open bonnet. Behind in the background is a Junkers Ju 52; KBK LW 3. (photo courtesy of German National Archive)

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