Flughafenbereichskommandos

 


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Flughafenbereichskommando 2/III in Amsterdam-Schiphol [1.44 - 9.44]

 

Kommandeure:

  • Maj Bruno Schwarz, 15.8.40 - 1.10.41
  • Obstlt Hans Dautwiz, 1.10.41 - ?
  • Obstlt Georg Becker, ? - 1.6.42
  • GenMaj Friedrich Berthold, 1.6.42 - 15.7.43
  • Oberst Rudolf von Katte, 15.7.43 - 9.9.44

Flughafenbereichskommando 6/III in Gilze-Rijen [1.44 - 9.44]

 

Kommandeure:

  • Oberst Robert Koerner, 7.40 - 28.3.42
  • Oberst Adolf Heyrowsky, 28.3.42 - 31.5.43
  • GenMaj Ernst Exss, 31.5.43 - 11.44

Flughafenbereichskommando 8/III in St. Omer/Lille [6.40 - 8.44]

 

Kommandeure:

  • Obstlt Otto Scherkamp, 22.5.40 - 10.6.40
  • Oberst Dipl.Ing. Eduard Riesch, 14.6.40 - 25.2.41
  • ?
  • GenMaj Gerhard Dieckhoff, 25.3.42 - 17.2.44
  • Obstlt Wilhelm Dannenberg, 17.2.44 - 21.1.45

Flughafenbereichskommando 9/VI in Lille [7.40 - 10.43]

Kommandeure:

  • Oberst Heinrich Lorenz, 1.7.40 - 31.7.40
  • ?
  • Obstlt Rudolf Gabelmann, 25.6.41 - 13.10.43
  • Oberst Otto Gunczy, 13.10.43 - 20.8.44

Flughafenbereichskommando 10/VI in Gent [7.40 - 8.43]

Kommandeure:

  • Maj Friedrich Lucas, 15.8.40 - 5.41
  • Oberst Walther Schaefer, 13.5.41 - 13.3.43
  • Oberst Martin Altermann, 13.3.43 - 18.8.43

Flughafen-Bereichs-Kommando 11/VI in Laon [6.40 - 8.44]

Kommandeure:

  • Oberst Heinrich Lorenz, 1.8.40 - 30.9.40
  • Oberst Joachim Breithaupt, 1.10.40 - 5.11.40
  • GenMaj Hubert Hartog, 6.11.40 - 19.4.41
  • GenMaj Joachim Breithaupt, 19.4.41 - 8.5.42
  • GenMaj Hubert Hartog, 8.5.42 - 24.10.44
  • Oberst Walter Böhnke, 24.10.44 - 9.1.45
  • Oberst Willy Asmussen, 9.1.45 - 8.5.45

Flughafen-Bereichs-Kommando 19/XI in Beauvais-Tillé [6.40 - 8.44]

Kommandeure:

  • Oberst Heinrich Rauch, 3.11.40 - 8.1.41
  • GenMaj Erhard Krüger, 8.1.41 - 10.3.41
  • Oberst Walther Aschoff, 10.3.41 - 30.4.43
  • Oberst Benedikt Schmalschläger, 30.4.43 - 12.44

Flughafen-Bereichs-Kommando 22/XI in Brüssel [7.40 - 9.44]

Kommandeure::

  • Oberst Heinrich Rauch, 1.7.40 - 17.9.40
  • Oberst Hubert Hartog, 21.9.40 - 5.11.40
  • Oberst Heinrich Rauch, 31.1.41 - 4.41
  • Oberst Benedikt Schmalsschläger, 19.4.41 - 30.4.43
  • Oberst Walther Aschoff, 30.4.43 - ?

On 1 July 1939 the Kommandanten im Flughafenbereich, the so-called Flughafenbereichskommandos (Koflug) were established. These staffs commanded various airfields (Fliegerhorste and Flugplatze) and supply installations within their region, initially in Germany, later also in the occupied countries. They were themselves subordinated to the Luftgaukommandos. The latter could consists of one or more Flughafenbereichskommandos, depending on the size of the territory within their area of control. At the beginning of the war the commands were named after their location, e.g.  Flughafenbereichskommando Insterburg. However, in order to be able to allocate the commands to their respective Luftgaukommandos, the Flughafenbereichskommandos as of 1941 were designated with a arabic numeral and the Roman numeral of the Luftgau.

The typical medium and large Fliegerhorstkommandantur had all or most of the following components:

Organic to the Air Base:
- Fliegerhorstkp. (Air Base Co.)
- Gruppe Verwaltung (Administrative Gp. )
- Ln.Stelle (Signals Section)
- Wetterstelle (Weather Section)
- Lw.-Sanitätsstaffel (Medical Section), and/or Lw.-Krankenrevier (Dispensary)
- Lw. Zahnstation (Dental Clinic)
- Flugleitung (Air Traffic Control)
- Bildstelle (Photographic Section)
- Munitionsverwaltung (Munitions Administration)
- Flieger-Techn.Verwaltung (Air Technical Administration)
- Betriebs-Techn.Gruppe (Technical Operations Gp. )
- Fliegerhorst Werft (Air Base Workshops)
- Feuerschutzeinheit (Fire Fighting Section)
- Bomben-Übungs-u.Schiessplatz (Bomb and Gunnery Range)

Attached to the Air Base (as needed):

- Flughafen-Betriebskp.(Qu) (Airfield Servicing Co.(Quartermaster))
- Werft-Abteilung oder -züge (Workshop Detachment or Platoons)
- Lw.Bergekp. (Salvage Co.)
- Landesschützeneinheiten (Guard units)
- Lw.-Baueinheiten (Construction units)
- Transportkolonnen (Transport Columns)
- Flugbetriebsstoffkolonnen (Aviation Fueling Columns)
- Traktorenzüge d.Lw. (Air Force Tractor Platoons)

(Note: these “attached” units were only attached to the Fliegerhorstkommandantur if and when needed, and only in the quantity needed. For example, most air bases had only occasional call for salvage, construction and transport units, and most of the air bases located in Germany used civilian guards rather than uniformed Luftwaffe guard units.)

The median strength, including attached ground units, but not including tenant air units, would have been between 350 and 700 Luftwaffe and German civilian personnel plus an unknown number of French civilian personnel.