5 Jagddivision

 

The 5 Jagddivision was originally formed in Schleissheim in June 1943 from the Jagdfliegerführer Süddeutschland. On 15 September 1943 it was redesignated 7 Jagdivision.
On the same day the 5 Jagddivision was re-established in Paris (Jouy-en-Josas) from parts of the höherer Jagdfliegerführer West. On 26 January 1945 it was redesignated 16 Fliegerdivision.
The commanders of the 5 Jagddivision were:
Generalleutnant Walter Schwabedissen 6.43 - 15.9.43
Oberst Harry von Bülow-Bothekamp 9.43 - 11.43
Generalleutnant Joachim-Friedrich Huth 11.11.43 - 5.2.44
Generalmajor Karl Hentschel 2.44 - 26.1.45

While in the occupied West, the headquarters were located in Paris (Jouy-en-Josas) in the period September 1943 - August 1944. Before and after this period the headquarters were located in Germany.
In the period September 1943 - October 1944 the division was subordinated to the II Jagdkorps. Before this period it was subordinated to the XII Fliegerkorps and after this period to the Liftwaffenkommando West.

The actual code name for the unit is unknown, but the callsign for Sprechfunk was VIOLA. More information on the unit's headquarters can be found here.
Since the 5 Jagddivision was really an administrative and logistical unit only, mention must be made of the subordinate headquarters responsible for operations:
  • Jagdfliegerführer 5:
    • This unit was formed in Bernay on 6 September 1943 from Jagdfliegerführer 3. The unit was headquartered at Bernay until its disbandment on 1 July 1944. Its commander in the period September 1943 - May 1944 was Oberst Gollob. It is uncertain who was in command after this priod. The code-name of the unit was BRUTUS. More information on the headquarters of Jagdfliegerführer 5 can be found here.
  • Nachtjagdraumführer 117:
    • This unit was responsible for conducting fighter operations at night. The headquarters of this unit were in Lisieux-St Desir. It was supported by the Stab/Luftnachrichtenregiment 53. The best available information on the headquarters on the unit can be found here.
  • Nachtjagdraumführer 118:
    • This unit was responsible for conducting fighter operations at night. The headquarters of this unit were in Meulan-les-Mureaux. The best available information on the headquarters on the unit can be found here.

On 1 June 1944 the 5 Jagddivision had the following composition