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Old 27th March 2011, 10:00
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Luftwaffe Radar in North Africa

Does anyone know when Luftwaffe radar installations moved to North Africa, and which type they were? I have an urgent request from Fliegerfuehrer in the middle of November to send a FREYA unit, but wanted to know a bit more on the employment of Luftwaffe radar in North Africa.

I seem to remember having read that it became operational during spring 42, but any further information would be most welcome.

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Old 27th March 2011, 10:24
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Re: Luftwaffe Radar in North Africa

You need to drop Michaël/SES a line via his excellent website here Andreas, if anybody is going to know, Mr.SES is generally your man...

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Re: Luftwaffe Radar in North Africa

Hi Andreas,
I'll check what I have got and be back with you.
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Many thanks SES.

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Re: Luftwaffe Radar in North Africa

Hi Andreas,
From K.O. Hoffmann Band II/1:

Ein erstes Freya-Gerät (F-Lafette [Z] 32), unter Führung des Leutnants Deleiter,
war bereits im Januar 1942 bei der Flak in Tripolis zum Schütze der wichtigsten
Nachschubbasis und des bedeutendsten Hafens in Nordafrika eingesetzt worden.
Sicherer und weitreichender wurde der Flugmeldedienst aber, als im April 1942 das
erste teilmotorisierte Würzburg-Dora-Gerät bei der Flugmeldekompanie 7/Afrika
eintraf und in der Bomba-Bucht, nahe dem Flugplatz Tmimi, ostwärts Derna, Aufstellung
fand. Dort hatte das Gerät in der hügeligen Landschaft nicht nur einen guten
Standort, sondern konnte auch Teile der Küstenstraße, der „Via Balbia", und die
Bomba-Bucht selbst überwachen. Die Einzelflugzeuge der RAF benutzten bei gelegentlichen
„Besuchen" der Küstenstraße, in Derna und der nahen Flugplatzgruppe
Martuba den Anflug über See, um dem gefürchteten Flugmeldedienst zu entgehen.
Leutnant Kahler und Oberfähnrich Kleeschulte hatten ihr Gerät recht bald einsatzbereit
und stellten schnell ihre Besatzung auf die besonderen afrikanischen Verhältnisse
ein.

Please also see:
http://www.gyges.dk/Flum%20Med%208.pdf

Eventually the Ln-units in Africa were organized in Luftnachrichten-Regiment 200 and addtional info may be obtained by following the history of this unit.
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Re: Luftwaffe Radar in North Africa

Hello Andreas, hello Michaël,

There are some interesting references too in the Korpstagebefehle des XII. Fliegerkorps, I will look tonight for you. By the way: K.O. Hoffmann has quite a substantial part written about the German radar sites in North-Africa. I must have somewhere pdf's of his books...

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Re: Luftwaffe Radar in North Africa

Hello SES (Michael?) and Marcel

Many many thanks for this!

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Hi Anders,
My pleasure, hope it helps a little.
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Re: Luftwaffe Radar in North Africa

Hello Michaël and Andreas,

I had a brief look into those Korpstagebefehle des XII. Fliegerkorps and attached to it is indeed a brief summary about the last days of the Funkmessstellungen in North Africa.

I will scan these and send it to you both soon. All the best,

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Hi Marcel

Look forward to it!

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