The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market-Garden

Fliegerhorst Gilze-Rijen, deel VI

       Airfield during the war

Photo’s from Fliegerhorst Gilze-Rijen

Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur E 7/I

Kommandeure;

· Hptm Fridolin Herrmann,        ?      - 21.06.’40

· Maj Johannes Neuber,     01.08.’40 - 19.10.’40

· Obstlt Joachim Lueder,    19.10.’40 - 13.07.’42

· Maj Erich Kroll,               13.07.’42 -  ?  10.’42

 

Formed on 26.08.’39 in Powunden as Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur E Powunden.

In 03.’40 renamed to Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur E 7/I.

In 10.’42 renamed to Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur A 201/VI.

   Service;

       1939/’40 in Powunden

    06.’40 - 10.’42 at Gilze-Rijen

 

Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur A 201/VI

Kommandeure;

· Maj Erich Kroll,               ? 10.’42 - 22.04.’43

· Obstlt Ernst Gunczy,      22.04.’43 - 01.04.’44

 

Formed on 10.’42 at Gilze-Rijen from Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur E 7/I.

On 01.04.’44 renamed to Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur E (v) 207/XI.

   Service;

10.42 - 04.44 at Gilze-Rijen

 

Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur E (v) 207/XI

Kommandeure;

· Obstlt Ernst Gunczy, 01.04.’44 - ?

·  ?

 

Formed on 01.4.’44 at Gilze-Rijen from Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur A 201/VI.

Disbanded; 03.’45.

 

Attached units;

  · Platzkommando Woensdrecht (formed 01.4.’44 from Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur 35/VI disbanded 09.44)

   Service;

04.’44 - 9.’44 at Gilze-Rijen with Platzkommando Woensdrecht                                      

09.’44 - 3.’45 in Freckenhorst (Luftgau III)

Uffz. Helmut Baehner with his Ju 88 C R4 + EM, Gilze-Rijen 1941.
Do.17 Z-7 'Kauz I' of I./NJG, 2 Gilze-Rijen 1940.
Do.17 Z-7 'Kauz I' of I./NJG 2, Gilze-Rijen 1940.
A part of the engine of Ju.88 C-2 W.Nr. 0732. The aircraft crashed after taking off from Gilze-Rijen on 18 April 1941. The entire crew; Uffz. Willi Keller, Gefr. Gerhard Wawra and Uffz. Helmut Heese perished in the crash.  
The Ju 88 C-4 of the commander of I./NJG 2, Hptm. Karl Hülshoff at airfield Gilze-Rijen guarded by a centry.
Hptm. Karl Hülshoff (in the middle) with his two crew members (Ofw. Willi Meyer and Ofw. Paul Licht)
and two mechanics posing in front of his Ju.88 C-4.
Junkers Ju.88 C-2 W.Nr. 0779 R4 + LH of 1./NJG 2 on 15 September 1941 damaged in a field in the vicinity of airfield Gilze-Rijen.
A Ju.88 C-4 of I./NJG 2 after a forced landing in the vicinity of airfield Gilze-Rijen.
Left to right Rössel, Major Franz Schönberger Commander of Kampfgeschwader 2 (22 May 1944 - 27 Juli 27 1944) Linnenberger, Schulze.
After Maj. Heyse, who was killed during a fight in the night of  23 November1940, Hptm. Karl Hülshoff took over command of I./NJG 2. He was the commander from 24 November 1940 until 31 October 1941. He had four victories in the Fernnachtjagdivision and by the end of the war he counted 11 victory’s.

Front units on Gilze-Rijen:

 

Stab / Nachtjagdgeschwader 2

I. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 2

II. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 2

III. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 2

I. / Kampfgeschwader 30

II. / Kampfgeschwader 30

III. / Kampfgeschwader 30

I. / Kampfgeschwader 2

II. / Kampfgeschwader 2

III. / Kampfgeschwader 2

II. / Kampfgeschwader 40

II. / Kampfgeschwader 76

II. / Kampfgeschwader 51

9. / Kampfgeschwader 3

II. / Lehrgeschwader 1

1. / Minensuchgruppe 1

II. / Luftnachrichten-Regiment 211

The German commanders of Gilze-Rijen

Fliegerhorst Gilze-Rijen, deel VI
Junkers Ju.88 C-4 W.Nr. 0359 R4 + MK of 2./NJG 2 at Gilze-Rijen in May 1941.
The crew from left to right: Ofw. Hermann Sommer (19 victory’s), Fw. Otto Glaß and Ofw. Johan Reinnagel.