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Luftflotte 3

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Founded  1939
Luftflotte 3
Similar  Luftflotte 1, Luftflotte 5, American Free Corps, Schalburg Corps, III Army Corps

Luftflotte 3


Luftflotte 3 (Air Fleet 3) was one of the primary divisions of the German Luftwaffe in World War II. It was formed on 1 February 1939 from Luftwaffengruppenkommando 3 in Munich and redesignated Luftwaffenkommando West (Air Command West) on 26 September 1944. This Luftwaffe detachment was based in German-occupied areas of Northern France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Vichy France, to support the Axis power's forces in area. Its command offices were in Paris, France (on 26 June 1944).

Contents

Strategic Reconnaissance

  • Stab/FAGr.123 (Toussus le Noble - Buc)
  • 4.(F)/123 (Saint-André-de-l'Eure)
  • 5.(F)/123 (Monchy-Breton)
  • 1.(F)/121 (Toussus le Noble - Buc)
  • Tactical Reconnaissance

  • Stab/NAGr.13 (Chartres)
  • 1./NAGr.13 (Chartres)
  • 3./NAGr.13 (Laval)
  • Land Air Attack

  • III./SG 4 (Clermont-Ferrand)
  • III./SG 4 (Detach) (Avord)
  • Strategic Reconnaissance

  • 3.(F)/122 (Soesterberg)
  • 6.(F)/123 (Cormeilles)
  • Bombers(Medium)

  • Stab/KG 2 (Gilze en Rijen)
  • I./KG 2 (Gilze en Rijen)
  • II./KG 2 (Gilze en Rijen)
  • III./KG 2 (Hesepe)
  • Stab/KG 6 (Melun-Villaroche)
  • I./KG 6 (Melun-Villaroche)
  • II./KG 6 (Melun-Villaroche)
  • III./KG 6 (Melun-Villaroche)
  • 16./KG 6(JABO/Rapid) (Soesterberg)
  • Stab/KG 30 (Zwischenhan)
  • I./KG 30 (Leck)
  • 4./KG 51 (JABO/Rapid) (Soesterberg)
  • 5./KG 51(JABO/Rapid) (Gilze en Rijen)
  • 6./KG 51(JABO/Rapid) (Soesterberg)
  • Stab/KG 54 (Eindhoven)
  • I./KG 54 (Eindhoven)
  • III./KG 54 (Eindhoven)
  • III./KG 66 (Montdidier)
  • (Eins)St. IV./KG 101 (Saint-Dizier)
  • Stab(KG)/LG 1 (Melsbroek)
  • I.(KG)/LG 1 (Le Culot)
  • II.(KG)/LG 1(Melsbroek)
  • JABO (Fighter-Bombers/Incursion strike groups)

  • I.(Jb)/SKG 10 (Tours)
  • Special duties/long-distance operations

  • 1./KG 200 (Mont-de-Marsan)
  • 1./KG 200(Detach) (Bordeaux–Merignac)
  • II/KG 200 (Biscarrosse)
  • Strategic/Maritime Reconnaissance (Ultra Long Range)

  • Stab/FAGr.5 (Mont-de-Marsan)
  • 1.(F)/5 (Mont-de-Marsan)
  • 2.(F)/5 (Mont-de-Marsan)
  • 4.(F)/5 (Nantes)
  • 3.(F)/123 (Corme-Écluse)
  • 1.(F)/SAGr.129 (Biscarrosse)
  • 1.(F)/JG.52 "BF 109"
  • Bombers (Heavy) Submarine Support/Merchant Strike (Long Range)

  • Stab/KG 40 (Bordeaux–Merignac)
  • 1./KG 40 (Toulouse–Blagnac)
  • 2./KG 40 (Bordeaux–Merignac)
  • II./KG 40 (Bordeaux–Merignac)
  • 7./KG 40 (Saint-Jean-d'Angély)
  • 8./KG 40 (Cognac)
  • 9./KG 40 (Cognac)
  • Strategic/Tactical/Maritime Reconnaissance (Medium-Short Range)

  • 1.(F)/33 (St.Martin)
  • 2./NAGr.13 (Cuers)
  • 2./SAGr.128 (Berre)
  • Bombers (Medium)

  • Stab/KG 26 (Montpellier)
  • II./KG 26 (LT) (Valence)
  • III./KG 26 (LT) (Montpellier)
  • III./KG 26 (LT)(Detach) (Valence)
  • Stab/KG 77 (Salon-de-Provence)
  • I./KG 77 (LT) (Orange-Caritat)
  • III./KG 77 (LT) (Orange-Caritat)
  • 6./KG 77 (Istres)
  • 4./KG 76 (Istres)
  • 6./KG 76 (Istres)
  • Stab/KG 100 (Toulouse–Francazal)
  • III./KG 100 (Toulouse–Francazal)
  • Fighters

  • Stab/JG 1 (St.Quentin–Clastres)
  • I./JG 3 (St.Quentin–Clastres)
  • I./JG 5 (St.Quentin–Clastres)
  • II./JG 11 (Mons en Chaussée)
  • I./JG 301 (Épinoy)
  • Stab/JG 27 (Champfleury)
  • I./JG 27 (Vertus)
  • III./JG 27 (Connantre)
  • IV./JG 27 (Champfleury)
  • Night Fighters

  • Stab/NJG 4 (Chenay)
  • I./NJG 4 (Florennes)
  • III./NJG 4 (Junvincourt)
  • Stab/NJG 5 (Haguenau)
  • I./NJG 5 (Saint-Dizier)
  • III./NJG 5 (Athies-sous-Laon)
  • Fighters

  • Stab/JG 2 (Creil)
  • I./JG 2 (Creil)
  • II./JG 2 (Creil)
  • III./JG 2 (Creil)
  • Stab/JG 3 (Évreux)
  • II./JG 3 (Guyancourt)
  • III./JG 3 (Mareilly)
  • Stab/JG 11 (Le Mans)
  • I./JG 11 (Le Mans)
  • I0./JG 11 (Le Mans)
  • I./JG 1 (Alençon)
  • II./JG 1 (Alençon)
  • Stab/JG 26 (Guyancourt)
  • I./JG 26 (Guyancourt)
  • II./JG 26 (Guyancourt)
  • Night Fighters

  • Stab/NJG 2 (Coulommiers)
  • I./NJG 2 (Châteaudun)
  • II./NJG 2 (Coulommiers)
  • II./NJG 4 (Coulommiers)
  • Fighters

  • II./JG 53 (Vannes)
  • Fighters

  • 1./JGr 200 (Orange-Caritat)
  • 2./JGr 200 (Avignon)
  • 3./JGr 200 (Orange-Caritat)
  • Jagdlehrer-Gr Bordeaux (Instruction Wing in Bordeaux sector)

  • Jagdabschnittführer Bordeaux (Fighter Direction in Bordeaux) Bordeaux-Merignac
  • Zerstörer (Heavy Fighters)
  • Stab/ZG 1 (Bordeaux–Merignac)
  • 1./ZG 1 (Corme-Écluse)
  • 3./ZG 1 (Corme-Écluse)
  • 2./ZG 1 (Châteauroux)
  • III./ZG 1 (Cazaux)
  • Luftwaffe Special Strike Units

  • Jet Bombers/Jet Fighter-Bombers
  • (R)"Blitz" KG 76 (Istres)
  • II.St.(JABO)/KG 51 (Soesterberg)
  • Mistel Special Section
  • 2. (Mistel I) /KG 101 (Saint-Dizier)
  • II. (Mistel I) -(Detach)/KG 200 (Saint-Dizier)
  • Bombers with V-1 Launchers
  • Stab/KG 3 (Venlo)
  • II./KG 3 (also known as I./KG.5) (Venlo)
  • I./KG 53 "Legion Condor" (Gilze en Rijen)
  • III./KG 53 "Legion Condor" (Gilze en Rijen)
  • Luftwaffe V-1 fixed/mobile ramps units; operated near Calais (France), and in Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Untergruppenbezeichnung FZG (Flakzielgerät) 76 (also known as 5.Flak Division (W), later as Armeekorps zur Vergeltung)
  • I./155 Artillerie Abt (W)
  • II./155 Artillerie-Abt (W)
  • III./155 Artillerie-Abt (W)
  • Luftwaffe special transport units(1944–45); based in Muhldorf, Bavaria, and composed of Helicopters:
  • Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drachen
  • Flettner Fl 265
  • Flettner 282B Kolibri
  • Heer/Luftwaffe V-2 mobile ramps sections
  • Division zur Vergeltung(Div.z.V.); led by Heer and SS Commanders, working along with Luftwaffe personnel and facilities. They operated in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • "Div.z.V." Nordgruppe
  • 444° Artillerie-Abt
  • 485° Artillerie- Abt (also known as Artillerie Regiment z. V. 902)
  • 2°./485° Artillerie-Abt
  • "Div.z.V." Südgruppe
  • 500° Waffen SS Artillerie-Abt (also known as 500° SS Werfer Abt.)
  • 836° Artillerie-Abt (also known as Artillerie Regiment zur Vergeltung 901)
  • Heer V-4 "Rheinbote" Mobile ramps units
  • I./709 Artillerie Abt
  • Heer V-3 Artillery group
  • 705° Artillerie Abt.
  • Abbreviations

  • FAGr = Fernaufklärungsgruppe = Reconnaissance aircraft.
  • Gruppe = equivalent to a RAF Wing.
  • JG = Jagdgeschwader = Fighters.
  • Geschwader = equivalent to a Royal Air Force Group.
  • JGr = Jagdgruppe = Fighters.
  • KG = Kampfgeschwader = Bombers.
  • LG = Lehrgeschwader = Operational Training.
  • NAGr = Nahaufklärungsgruppe = Observation aircraft.
  • NJG = Nachtjagdgeschwader = Night Fighters
  • SAGr = Seeaufklärungsgruppe = Maritime Patrol aircraft
  • SKG = Schnellkampfgeschwader = Fast Bombers.
  • St = Staffel = equivalent to a RAF Squadron.
  • ZG = Zerstörergeschwader = Twin engined day fighters.
  • Commanding officers

  • Generalfeldmarschall Hugo Sperrle, 1 February 1939 – 23 August 1944
  • Generaloberst Otto Deßloch, 23 August 1944 – 22 September 1944
  • Generalleutnant Alexander Holle, 22 September 1944 – 26 September 1944
  • redesignated to Luftwaffenkommando West
  • Generalleutnant Alexander Holle, 28 September 1944 – 15 November 1944
  • Generalleutnant Josef Schmid, 16 November 1944 – 27 April 1945
  • Generalleutnant Martin Harlinghausen, 28 April 1945 – 8 May 1945
  • Chief of staff

  • Generalmajor Maximilian Ritter von Pohl, 1 February 1939 – 10 June 1940
  • Oberst Günther Korten, 11 June 1940 – 31 December 1940
  • Generalmajor Karl Koller, 1 January 1941 – 23 August 1943
  • Generalleutnant Hermann Plocher, 1 October 1943 – 26 September 1944
  • redesignated to Luftwaffenkommando West
  • Oberst Hans Wolters, September 1944 – March 1945
  • Oberst Heinrich Wittmer, March 1945 – May 1945
  • References

    Luftflotte 3 Wikipedia


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