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Luftflotte 1

Luftflotte 1[1] (Air Fleet 1) was one of the primary divisions of the German Luftwaffe in World War II. It was formed February 1, 1939 from Luftwaffengruppenkommando 1 in Berlin. This Luftwaffe detachment served in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Immola, Finland for air support of Axis forces in area; with command offices in Malpils, Latvia, (June 26, 1944), Eastern front.

Contents

  • Units under Command 1
    • Strategic Reconnaissance 1.1
    • Maritime Reconnaissance 1.2
    • Transports 1.3
    • Transports (special works) 1.4
    • Bombers 1.5
    • 3.Fliegerdivision (3°Air Division) Petseri 1.6
      • Tactical Reconnaissance 1.6.1
      • Land Air Strike 1.6.2
      • Night land strike 1.6.3
  • Jagdabschnittfuhrer Ostland (Fighter direction in Ostland) Riga-Spilve 2
    • Fighters 2.1
    • Gefechtsverband Kuhlmey (Kuhlmey Combat Unit) Immola 2.2
    • Tactical Reconnaissance 2.3
    • Fighters 2.4
    • Land Air Strike 2.5
  • Commanding officers 3
  • Chief of staff 4
  • Subordinated units 5
  • Abbreviations 6
  • References 7

Units under Command

Strategic Reconnaissance

Maritime Reconnaissance

Transports

Transports (special works)

This unit was branch of KG 200 with bases in East Prussia, Kurland and Baltic areas, stay equipped with:

  • Junkers Ju 252A-1
  • Junkers Ju 352A-0/A-1 Herkules
  • Arado Ar 232B-0 Tausendfüßler for transport special commandos, weapons, vehicles or dropping by parachute secret agents in clandestine missions behind enemy lines.
  • I.(TGr.)/KG 200 (Riga)

Bombers

3.Fliegerdivision (3°Air Division) Petseri

Tactical Reconnaissance

Land Air Strike

Night land strike

Jagdabschnittfuhrer Ostland (Fighter direction in Ostland) Riga-Spilve

Fighters

Gefechtsverband Kuhlmey (Kuhlmey Combat Unit) Immola

Tactical Reconnaissance

Fighters

Land Air Strike

Commanding officers

Flag for the Chief of a Luftflotte

Chief of staff

  • Generalmajor Wilhelm Speidel, 1 February 1939 – 19 December 1939
  • Generalleutnant Ulrich Kessler, 19 December 1939 – 25 April 1940
  • Oberst Heinz-Hellmuth von Wühlisch, 1 May 1940 – 9 May 1940
  • Generalmajor Dr. Robert Knauss, 9 May 1940 – 4 October 1940
  • Generalmajor Otto Schöbel, 5 October 1940 – 16 January 1941
  • Generalmajor Heinz-Hellmuth von Wühlisch, 16 January 1941 – 13 October 1941
  • Generalmajor Herbert Rieckhoff, 13 October 1941 – 23 February 1943
  • Generalmajor Hans Detlef Herhudt von Rohden, 23 February 1943 – 24 August 1943
  • Generalmajor Klaus Uebe, 25 August 1943 – 24 December 1944
  • Oberstleutnant Paul-Werner Hozzel, 25 December 1944 – 16 April 1945

Subordinated units

  • 2(F) Ob.d.L. (Do 215B)
  • 5(F) 122 (Ju 88D)
  • eleven squadrons of (Hs 126)
  • SAGr 125 (Ar 95, Ar 196, He 114)
  • one transport squadron (Ju 52)
  • five liaison squadrons (Fi 156)
  • IV. Flakkorps (anti-aircraft artillery)
    • 2. Flak-Division
    • 6. Flak-Division

Abbreviations

References

Notes
  1. ^ For an explanation of the meaning of Luftwaffe unit designation see Luftwaffe Organisation
References
  • Luftflotte 1 @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Luftflotte 1 @ The Luftwaffe, 1933-45
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