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Old 11th October 2013, 14:27
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Fliegerhorst Stendal

By request of one of our researchers:

Stendal (GER) (52 38 00 N – 11 50 00 E)
General: airfield (Fliegerhorst) in Anhalt 107 km WNW of Berlin; airfield located 3.5 km NNW of Stendal.
History: airfield in existence by 1934. Served pre-war and during the first part of the war as a paratroop training center and for the formation of transport units. From mid-1942 to Apr 45, Stendal was an active operational station initially for night fighters and then for day fighters.
Dimensions: approx. 1190 x 1000 meters (1300 x 1100 yards) and irregular in shape.
Surface and Runways: firm, level grass surface in good condition. No paved runways. A ring road encircled the landing area. Equipped with boundary and obstruction lighting, a flare path, a beam approach system and the short form of the visual Lorenz system.
Fuel and Ammunition: refueling points were located on the servicing hardstands on the N boundary.
Infrastructure: had 4 very large hangars and 1 medium hangar off the N boundary, and 2 very large hangars off the W boundary, all of these with paved aprons. A few separate workshop buildings were scattered among the hangars off the N boundary and off the NE corner. The motor pool and garages were to the rear of the hangars off the N boundary. The station HQ, admin offices, barracks, messes, officers’ quarters and mess, and the flight control building, etc., were all off the N boundary behind the hangars. Additionally, there was a large barracks compound off the SE corner. Branch rail lines from Stendal served the hangars on the N and W boundaries and the NW dispersal area.
Dispersal: there was a Northwest (remote) dispersal with 5 large covered aircraft shelters, 7 small covered and 25+ aircraft parking bays in a woods. There were also 3 very large open aircraft shelters along the perimeter.
Defenses: had 3 light Flak positions on the N, NNE and SSW sides of the airfield in Oct 43, one of which was emplaced in a Flak tower.
Remarks:
5 Apr 44: low-level attack by VIII Fighter Command P-51 Mustangs – claimed 1 x Fw 190, 2 x Bf 110s, 17 x Ju 88s, 3 x Ju 52s destroyed, plus 2 x Bf 110s, 7 x Ju 88s, 1 x Ju 52 and 1 x unidentified aircraft damaged.
10 May 44: Allied reconnaissance reported leveling work underway on an extension of the W boundary and SW corner which could result in a NE/SW take-off/landing run of 1600 meters (1750 yards) when completed.
29 Jun 44: airfield bombed by 26 B-24 Liberators and strafed by fighters – 3 x Si 204 D-1s from FFS B 35 destroyed or damaged on the ground (partial German sources).
6 Aug 44: airfield bombed by 12 B-17 Fortresses as a secondary target.
6 Aug 44: photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/24554019@N06/3161092029/in/set-72157609636214338/ .
11 Sep 44: Stendal bombed by 45 B-24s as a target of opportunity.
22 Feb 45: Stendal bombed by 73 B-17s.
15 Mar 45: Stendal marshaling yards bombed by 13 B-17s.
28 Mar 45: airfield bombed by 10 B-17s – landing area hit and cratered, communications center destroyed, base fire station and barracks heavily damaged, 3 KIA and 9 WIA. (German report)
8 Apr 45: Stendal marshaling yards bombed by 73 B-17s.
10 Apr 45: low-level attack by VIII Fighter Command P-47s and P-51s – claimed 3 x Me 262s, 4 x Fw 190s, 3 x Ju 88 and 1 x unidentified aircraft destroyed, plus 1 x Bf 109, 9 x Fw 190s and 1 x Ju 88 damaged.
Operational Units: KGr.z.b.V. 2 (Aug 38 – Aug 39); Aufkl.St. Fliegerkorps 7 (1939 – Feb 40); Stab/KG z.b.V. 1 (Aug 39); II./KG z.b.V. 1 (Aug 39 – Sep 40); III./KG z.b.V. 1 (Aug, Nov-Dec 39); I./NJG 5 (Sep 42 – May 44); II./TG 3 (Apr-May 44); II./NJG 5 (Aug-Oct 44); 11./TG 4 (Aug 44 - ? ); Stab/JG 301 (Sep 44 – Apr 45); III./JG 301 (Oct 44 – Jan 45); II./JG 301 (Feb-Apr 45); IV./JG 301 (Feb-Mar 45); Sonderkommando Elbe (Mar-Apr 45); Wekusta 7 (Apr 45).
School Units: Fallschirmschule 1 (1936-42); Fallschirmschule 2 (1939 – 1942?); Arbeitsplatz for FFS B 35 (Hagenow) (Dec 43 – Jun 44).
Station Commands: as Fl.H. Stendal (to 1943); Fl.Pl.Kdo. A 30/III (1943-44); Platzkdo. of Fl.H.Kdtr. A(o) 15/III Salzwedel (1944-45); Fl.H.Kdtr. E(v) 216/III (1945).
Kommandant (mainly prior to the establishment of numbered station commands – not complete): Obstlt. Gerhard Bassenge (1 Mar 37 - ? ); Obstlt. Hans-Detlef von Liebermann (Nov 42 - ? ).
Lw. Station Units (on the airfield, in the town or nearby on various dates – not complete): Nachtjagdraumführer 11 (Jul 42 – Jan 44); Koflug Stendal (Jul 39 – Mar 41); Koflug 16/XI (Apr 41 – Feb 43); Werft-Abt. 38/III (1944-45); 4./le.Flak-Abt. 727 (summer 44); Stab III.(Tel.Bau)/Ln.-Rgt. 22 (Mar 43); Stab II.(Flum.Mess)/Ln.-Rgt. 204 (early 43 – Sep 44); 17.(Ers.)/Luftgau-Nachr.Rgt. 11 (Aug 41)?; Fluko Stendal; Lw.-Lazarett 15/III (Tangermünde, n.d.); Stab, I./Fj-Rgt. 1 (1938-39); Fj-Ers.-u.Ausb.Rgt. 1 (1942-43); Fj-Ers.Btl. 1 (1939 - ?); Fj-Ers.Btl. 2 (1945).
[Sources: AFHRA A5258 pp.892-95 (11 Jul 44); chronologies; BA-MA; NARA; PRO/NA; web site ww2.dk]
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Old 11th October 2013, 18:19
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Re: Fliegerhorst Stendal

Stendal today.

http://i533.photobucket.com/albums/e...ps6a6dafbe.jpg
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Old 11th October 2013, 20:51
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Re: Fliegerhorst Stendal

An Me 262 was found at Stendal by the capturing Allied forces.

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Old 11th October 2013, 22:15
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Re: Fliegerhorst Stendal

Thanks Larry for your thorough presentation of Stendal. In order to contribute some elements to this panorama, my Flickr account has 11 pics illustrating the gaggle of Bf 109 G-14's, G-10's and K-4's. Ten of them are stills taken from a US Signal corps film taken after 13 April 1945.

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Old 12th October 2013, 00:31
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Re: Fliegerhorst Stendal

I echo Marc

Very nice indeed to share your hard facts about various Axis airfields Larry.
Highly appreciated indeed!!

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Old 12th October 2013, 22:55
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Re: Fliegerhorst Stendal

Hello Larry,

I can confirm that the large T-hut of the NJRF 11 was on the airfield, in the open field east of the two dark grey large hangars as can be seen on the aerial of the link mentioned above.

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Re: Fliegerhorst Stendal

Thanks Marcel, Revi, Marc-André, Stig and Sir Richard for the kind comments and additional details. Much appreciated!

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