Greg S. -
No dispute that Jez. Krosino = Crössinsee.
No dispute that Żeńsko = Schönfeld.
[Pre-war map source: http://www.mapywig.org/m/WIG100_300DPI/ ... 300dpi.jpg
But I would like to add details on the airfield and its correct wartime name:Märkisch-Friedland
(GER/POL) (a.k.a. Crössinsee, today: Gmina Mirosławiec) (53 23 35 N – 16 05 04 E) (AFHRA) General
: operational airfield (Einsatzhafen) located c. 105 km E of Stettin (Szczecin), c. 75 km E of Stargard (Stargard Szczecinski) in Pomerania, 5 km N of the town of Märkisch-Friedland and 2 km SSE of the village of Schönfeld (34 dwellings and a church and today called Żeńsko). Crössinsee was the German name of a lake c. 18 km N of the airfield that today is known as Jezioro Krosino.History
: built 1938-39 as a training center for cadets of the Ordensburg training college for Nazi leaders, but redeveloped into an airfield first. Mainly used as a training station for flight schools, reserve training and replacement units. Fighter and ground-attack units were there in early 1945.Dimensions
: approx. 915 x 1000 meters (1000 x 1100 yards) and rectangular in shape.Surface and Runways
: grass surface. No paved runway.Fuel and Ammunition
: both were available.Infrastructure
: had 2 large hangars and 1 medium hangar on the N boundary, all with paved aprons. Separate workshop buildings were adjacent to the hangars. A fairly extensive barracks complex was off the N boundary and some additional accommodation huts were off the NE corner and on the S boundary. A branch rail line served the E and S sides of the airfield.Dispersal
: no organized dispersal facilities.Defenses
: none.Operational Units
: I./KG 100 (Dec 41 – Jan 42); Lehr-u.Erprobungskdo. 100 (Jan 42); III./JG 3 (Jan 45); III./SG 2 (Jan-Feb 45).School Units
: elements of JFS 3 (Sep 39 – Apr 41); Arbeitsplatz for Schule/FAR 12 then FFS A/B 12 (Königsberg/Neumark) (1939-43); Arbeitsplatz for Schule/FAR 41, FFS A/B 41 then FFS A 41 (Frankfurt/O.) (1939-45); Arbeitsplatz for twin-engined conversion school Kolberg (Nov 39 – Jan 40), FFS C 6 then FFS B 6 (Jan 40 – Feb 45). Reserve Training & Replacement Units
: Erg.KGr. 3 (Nov 39 – 1940); 11./KG 53 (Mar-Jun 41); 2./Erg.Nahaufkl.Gr. (Feb – Apr 44); Kommodore der Ergänzungsjagdgruppen (Jun - Oct 44); Erg.Jagdgruppe West (14 May 44 - 5 Nov 44) then IV./Erg.Jagdgeschwader 1 (Nov 44 - Jan 45). Station Commands
: Fl.Pl.Kdo. A 11/III (Feb 43 – Mar/Apr 44)?; Fl.H.Kdtr. A(o) 6/III (01.45).Station Units (on various dates – not complete
): elements of Werft-Abt. 1/III (Dec 44); Ln.-Verbindungs-Kp. z.b.V. 17 (Feb-Mar 45).
: AFHRA A5258 pp.730-31 (3 Jun 44); chronologies; BA-MA; NARA; PRO/NA; web site ww2.dk]
It's clear from the satellite photos that the Russians and Poles turned it into a very modern jet airfield after the war.
Last edited by Larry D. on 21 Jun 2012 14:48, edited 1 time in total.