Airfield required for 5./JG 2

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Airfield required for 5./JG 2

Post by Tim Osborne » 28 Jan 2024 12:17

Hi

In connection with some research I have been doing, and great feedback and input from individuals on other forums to add to the story, I wish confirmation on the following:

I wish to know which airfield/airfields in France that 5./JG.2 was based out of during the time of May 1943?

I had information that it was Beaumont Le Roger …. However, when I look at ‘Luftwaffe Airfields in France 1939-45’ (https://www.ww2.dk/Airfields%20-%20France.pdf) the time between February and September 1943 is missing.

Has anyone got confirmation of this?


Many thanks!

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Re: Airfield required for 5./JG 2

Post by Larry D. » 28 Jan 2024 16:53

5./JG 2:
Beaumont-le-Roger from 27 March 1943 to 25 June 1943.

(https://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gl ... Inhalt.htm)

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Re: Airfield required for 5./JG 2

Post by Tim Osborne » 28 Jan 2024 20:09

Many thanks Larry.

Would they have had an associated airfield they may have flown from?

TIm

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Re: Airfield required for 5./JG 2

Post by Larry D. » 30 Jan 2024 21:30

Yes, Tim. They were sent to Absprungsplätze (staging airfields) where they topped off their fuel tanks before setting out for the mission and target. The staging airfield they were sent to was determined by its proximity to the mission/target area (the closer the better) and its ability to service, refuel and rearm the type of aircraft concerned.

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Re: Airfield required for 5./JG 2

Post by Tim Osborne » 01 Feb 2024 18:26

Thanks Larry
Is there any way I could find a possible staging airfield for their mission that day to encounter daylight USAF bombing raids on Lorient? I assume the bombers routed to the west of the Channel Islands and then over Brest? Two of those German fighters were shot down approx 100km north of Morlaix on the Breast coastline. What airfields did they use near the Brittany coast?

A long shot but thank you!


Tim

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Re: Airfield required for 5./JG 2

Post by Larry D. » 01 Feb 2024 19:53

Tim: there are several unit histories of JG 2, so you are in luck and this won't be a long-shot. The most detailed of these has a day-by-day account of JG 2's operations. The book is a compendium of 6 volumes and was published in French, German and English editions. The author is a Belgian aviation historian of the German Luftwaffe and is very highly respected by the Luftwaffe history community. Google his name. The volume dealing with May 1943 is:

MOMBEEK, Eric. Dans le Ciel de France - Histoire de la JG 2 "Richthofen" Vol.4 : 1943. It was published in 2015, I think, and is now out of print so you should try used book dealers on the internet, such as EuroBooks (https://www.eurobuch.com/ ).
Also Try:
Am Himmel Frankreichs Band 5 (1943), von "Eric Mombeek" (ISBN: 9782930546179)

It appears different volume numbers were used for 1943, depending on the published language.

Let us know how your search goes.

L. deZ.

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Re: Airfield required for 5./JG 2

Post by Tim Osborne » 02 Feb 2024 11:44

Many thanks Larry. I will have a look!

Tim

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