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Kommando des Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Lupo Solitario » 06 Sep 2018 22:06

Hi
I'd like to know which sort of unit was "Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII". Any info is welcome
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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Larry D. » 06 Sep 2018 22:47

Regional Airfield Command
A HQ and staff of 40 to 45 officers and men that exercised command authority over 3 to 5 airfield commands (Fliegerhorstkommandanturen). The abbreviation for Kdo.d.Flughafenbereich was Koflug. Almost always commanded by a Luftwaffe Oberst or Generalmajor.

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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Lupo Solitario » 07 Sep 2018 10:57

Thanks. Do you know if there's a KStN for this kind of unit?

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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Larry D. » 07 Sep 2018 14:13

KStN L 450 Kommando Flughafenbereich (o) (15/09/44)
KStN L 503a Kommando Flughafenbereichs (Heimatgebiet) (01/12/43)
KStN L 503b Kommando Flughafenbereichs (besetzes Gebiet) (10/12/43)
KStN L 1303 Kommando Flughafenbereichs (01/07/1940)
KStN L 1303 Kommando Flughafenbereich (01/05/1940)
KStN L 3358 Ln.-Zug (mot) eines Flughafenbereiches (01/06/40)
KStN L 3387 Ln.-Kp. (mot) eines Flughafenbereiches (01/06/40)
KStN L 3388 Ln.-Kp. (mot) z.b.V. eines Flughafenbereiches (01/01/41)

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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Lupo Solitario » 07 Sep 2018 17:58

thanks do you where they could be found? are they on NARA?

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Post by Larry D. » 07 Sep 2018 18:19

Paper originals at BAMA/Freiburg.
Microfilm copy at NARA WashDC.

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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Rudi » 17 Mar 2019 17:35

One question: what were the tasks of the Kommandos Flughafenbereich? Did they have administrative tasks, or operative tasks?
In particular, I see that the Koflug 9/VII exerced his autorithy also over the Fliegerhorst Kommandantur E32/IV in Monterotondo. My questions:
- Which airports were under command / responsability of the Fliegerhorst Kommandantur E32/IV? Maybe Marcigliana and/or Aeroporto dell'Urbe in Rom?
- Which were the tasks of a Fliegerhorst Kommandantur? i guess they did not have any operational tasks, but not sure about that.

Thanks in advance for any help

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Post by Larry D. » 17 Mar 2019 19:25

It would take me a couple of hours to lay all of that out for you. Here is a book that will answer all of your questions:

Mattiello, Gianfranco. Fliegerhorstkommandanturen und Flugplätze der deutschen Luftwaffe 1935-1945. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag, 2000. Pb (oversize). 529p. Glossary of abbreviations. Appendix. Index.

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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Rudi » 17 Mar 2019 20:39

Hi Larry,

thanks for your answer! I do not have the book, I will look for it, in the meantime, if you have time, can you be maybe so nice and just tell me which were the airport under the command of the Fliegerhorst Kommandantur E32/IV?

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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Larry D. » 20 Mar 2019 14:29

Rudi - hope this helps!

Fliegerhorstkommandantur E 32/IV (trop)
Formed in summer 1940 in Luftgau IV.
10 Jun 40: at Erfurt/Nord.
Nov 41: said to have arrived at Grottaglie airfield in S Italy this month from Germany.
Dec 42: Grottaglie.
Feb 43: Grottaglie under Koflug 9/VII (Rome) with a Flugplatzkdo. at San Pancrazio airfield.
May 43: Grottaglie under Koflug 9/VII (Rome) with a Flugplatzkdo. at San Pancrazio airfield.
Sep-Oct 43: withdrew north following the Allied landings in S Italy.
Dec 43: at Marcigliana airfield/13.5 km N of Rome.
Mar 44: Marcigliana.
c. 1 Apr 44: re-designated Fl.H.Kdtr. E(v) 218/VII at Marcigliana.
FpN: (L 02931)
Kommandant:
Maj. Dr. Erich Winter (10 Jun 40 - 21 Dec 40)
Maj. Wilhelm Zühl ( ? - ? ) 5/43
Oberst Hermann Hansen ( ? - 10 Sep 43) KIA
Hptm. Wilhelm Walgenbach (c. 10 Sep 43 - c. 1 Apr 44)


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Re: Kommando d. Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Larry D. » 20 Mar 2019 14:36

Rudi -

Fliegerhorstkommandantur E(v) 218/VII
Formed c. 1 April 1944 at Marcigliana airfield/13.5 km N of Rome in Italy by renaming Fl.H.Kdtr. E 32/IV.
15 Apr 44: Marcigliana under Koflug 9/VII.
26 May 44: transferred from Marcigliana to the Perugia area and reassigned to Koflug 3/VII.
18 Jul 44: billeted in San Martino in Strada adjacent to Forli airfield. Not needed for further service in Italy, ordered transferred to Hungary for assignment to Koflug 6/VI (Hungary).
25 Aug 44: Pápa airfield.
Dec 44: reported casualties in Hungary.
10 Feb 45: Hungary disbanding.
Mar 45: reported casualties in Hungary.
20-31 Mar 45: retreated from western Hungary to Zeltweg/Austria.
7 Apr 45: disbanded with all personnel ordered to the front as combat troops.
FpN: (L 02931)
Kommandant:
Hptm.? Wilhelm Walgenbach (c. 1 Apr 44 - 2 Aug 44)
Maj. Karl Kosak? ( ? - ? ) 1944
Hptm.? Heinrich Müller (11 Sep 44 - 15 Nov 44)
Oberst Max-Josef Bauch (15 Nov 44 - 6 Jan 45)
Hptm.? Anton Schut (6 Jan 45 - ? )
Hptm. Max Hapke ( ? - 7 Apr 45)


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Kommando d Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by HenryCox » 20 Mar 2019 23:58

Best movie experience for me in a long time

VII was sensational - I loved every part

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Re: Kommando des Flughafensbereichs 9/VII

Post by Rudi » 25 Mar 2019 00:32

Hi Larry,

thanks for the info! Sorry the late feedback but unfortunately I cannot check the forum every day.

Just some small additional info:
. Major Walgenbach was wounded on the 6th of June while, under attack from a Jabo, he jumped out from the car and fell in a rocky ravine.
- while in Perugia, on the 6th of June 1944 the unit took responsability over the "Flugplätze" of Foiano and Brolio.

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