Landesschützenzug (defensible) of the Luftwaffe 39 / I

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Landesschützenzug (defensible) of the Luftwaffe 39 / I

Post by deangreen » 17 Aug 2019 01:33

I am researching my grandfathers whereabouts during WW2. He was a ground crew "corporal" in the Luftwaffe.
In a message dated 09.09.1944, he was assigned to Landesschützenzug (defensible) of the Luftwaffe 39/I. I am curious to know where
he was towards the end of the war. Does anyone know the location of Landesschützenzug (defensible) of the Luftwaffe 39/I?
Thanks!

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Re: Landesschützenzug (defensible) of the Luftwaffe 39 / I

Post by Larry D. » 17 Aug 2019 12:52

You're in luck! I say that because these little 40-man Landesschützenzüge (territorial defense platoons) are very difficult to find any mention of in the few Luftwaffe records that survived the war, but in this care I have something.

Landesschützenzug d.Lw. 39/I was stationed at Kaunas in Lithuania until late-summer 1944 when it withdrew to the Königsberg area in East Prussia.

These small platoons were used to guard airfields, supply dumps, headquarters buildings and other important installations and facilities of the Luftwaffe. At their wartime numerical peak in 1943-44, there were about 1,750 of them located in Germany, the occupied countries and at forward airfields near the front.

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Re: Landesschützenzug (defensible) of the Luftwaffe 39 / I

Post by deangreen » 18 Aug 2019 02:38

Great! Thanks! The records I have says he was was transferred from Flg.H.Kd tr. E3/IV to Landesschutzenzug 1/l (Litzmannstadt) on April 23, 1942 and then transferred to Luftschutzenzug 39/I (undisclosed location) in 1944. I have photos of him in the following places: Pernau, Bialystok and Pruzana. I assume being in the area that late in the war he was likely taken prisoner by the Russians. That's what my mom said. I have a Cert. of Discharge from Luftwaffe from 12th US Army Group in Wiesbaden dated 26 July 1945 so I wondered if he was able to escape the Russians to be able to get back to Wiesbaden so soon after the War's end.

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Re: Landesschützenzug (defensible) of the Luftwaffe 39 / I

Post by Larry D. » 18 Aug 2019 14:40

Here is some additional information:

Landesschützenzug 39/I (Feldpostnummer L 29318) was initially formed in June/July 1944 by renaming 1. Zug/Landesschützen-Kp. 1/I (Feldpostnummer L 29318). Nothing changed except for its name or designation. So the transfer on 23 April 1942 was almost certainly to 1. Zug/Landesschützen-Kp. 1/I. Notice the difference: he belonged to a Zug (platoon) that was part of a Kompanie (company) until summer 1944. It looks very much to me like his Zug was attached to Fliegerhorstkommandantur E 3/IV during the entire time he belonged to it from 23 April 1942 until summer 1944 because the places where he was photographed are all part of the history of Fl.H.Kdtr. E 3/IV.

Fliegerhorstkommandantur E 3/IV
Formed c. 26 August 1939 (general mobilization) as Fl.H.Kdtr. (E) Bronkow. Renamed Fl.H.Kdtr. E 3/IV in spring 1940 (27 June 1940?).
15 Aug 40: NE France under Koflug 8/III (Saint-Omer).
1940-41: M.Holm places it at De Kooy airfield in Holland, but this does not appear to be correct.
Mar 41: at Saint-Pol-Brias/NE France (and probably there since July 1940).
Jun 41: now at Rogozniczka/45 km SE of Siedlce in E Poland under Koflug 4/II with Zweigstellen (Flugplatzkdos.) at Grabowiec and Slawacinek.
Sep 41: transferred to Bialystok/NE Poland.
14 Jun 42: reported a man WIA by small arms fire at Bialystok.
29 Nov 43: at one of the airfields on the Leningrad front in N Russia.
30 Jan 44: transferred from Ryelbitsy to Pernau (Pärnu)/Estonia under Koflug 4/I (Riga).
c.1 Apr 44: re-designated Flugplatzkdo. Pernau of Fl.H.Kdtr. E(v) 209/I Wesenberg (Rakvere).
FpN: (L 31383)
Kommandant:
Maj. Hans Schöne (27 Jun 40 – 1 Aug 40)
Hptm. Friedrich Caspari (1 Aug 40 - ? ) 6/41, 9/41
---- INCOMPLETE ----

I strongly doubt that he was captured by the Russians. The Luftwaffe ground personnel in East Prussia in winter 1944/45 were able to retreat through West Prussia into Pomerania and Mecklenburg where they were reassigned to other Luftwaffe units or transferred to the Army or the Waffen-SS. If he had been captured by the Russians, the very earliest that he would have been released would have been in 1948.

L.

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