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Staffelkapitän is a position (not a rank) in flying units (Staffel) of the German Luftwaffe that is the equivalent of RAF/USAF Squadron Commander. Usually today a Staffelkapitän is of Oberstleutnant or Major rank.

In the Luftwaffe of the Wehrmacht the Staffelkapitän usually held the rank of an Oberleutnant or Hauptmann. For the first weeks of his assignment he was known as a Staffelführer (Squadron Leader), until he was confirmed in this position. If a Non-commissioned officer was tasked with this role, he was also referred to as a Staffelführer.[1]

See also[edit]

Luftwaffe Organization


  1. ^ Isby 1998, p. 37.
  • Isby, David C. (1998). The Luftwaffe Fighter Force—The View from the Cockpit. London: Greenhill Books. ISBN 978-1-85367-327-6.