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


Strategic Reconnaissance[edit | edit source]

II.Fliegerkorps (II.Air Corps) Chartres[edit | edit source]

Fliegerfuhrer West (Flight Director in West Area/Land Air Attack)[edit | edit source]

Tactical Reconnaissance[edit | edit source]

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

Land Air Attack[edit | edit source]

IX. Fliegerkorps (IX.Air Corps) Beauvais-Lille[edit | edit source]

Strategic Reconnaissance[edit | edit source]

Bombers(Medium)[edit | edit source]

JABO (Fighter-Bombers/Incursion strike groups)[edit | edit source]

  • I.(Jb)/SKG.10 (Tours)

X.Fliegerkorps (X.Air Corps) Angers[edit | edit source]

Special duties/long-distance operations[edit | edit source]

Strategic/Maritime Reconnaissance (Ultra Long Range)[edit | edit source]

Bombers (Heavy) Submarine Support/Merchant Strike (Long Range)[edit | edit source]

2.Fliegerdivision (2.Air Division) Montfrin[edit | edit source]

Strategic/Tactical/Maritime Reconnaissance (Medium-Short Range)[edit | edit source]

Bombers (Medium)[edit | edit source]

II.Jagdkorps (II.Fighter Corps) Chantilly[edit | edit source]

4.Jagddivision (4°Fighter Division) Metz[edit | edit source]

Jagdabschnittführer 4 (Fighter Direction 4°) St Pol-Brias[edit | edit source]

Fighters[edit | edit source]

Night Fighters[edit | edit source]

5.Jagddivision (5° Fighter Division) Jouy-en-Josas[edit | edit source]

Jagdabschnittführer 5 (Fighter Director 5) Bernay[edit | edit source]

Fighters[edit | edit source]

Night Fighters[edit | edit source]

Jagdabschnittführer Bretagne (Fighter Direction in Britain) Brest[edit | edit source]

Fighters[edit | edit source]

  • II./JG.53 (Vannes)

Jagdabschnittführer Südfrankreich (Souther France Fighter Direction) Aix[edit | edit source]

Fighters[edit | edit source]

Jagdlehrer-Gr Bordeaux (Instruction Wing in Bordeaux sector)[edit | edit source]

  • JG (Eins. Teile/Lehr) (Marignane)

Jagdabschnittführer Bordeaux (Fighter Direction in Bordeaux) Bordeaux-Merignac[edit | edit source]

Zerstorer (Heavy Fighters)[edit | edit source]

Luftwaffe Special Strike Units[edit | edit source]

This was the Luftwaffe section charged with managing the advanced equipment:

  • Fieseler Fi 103 (V-1)
  • Messerschmitt Me 262 A
  • Arado Ar 234 B;

they also used the Special Attack aircraft Junkers "Mistel 1".

Mentioned section poses your bases in France and Dutch areas.

Jet Bombers/Jet Fighter-Bombers[edit | edit source]

  • (R)"Blitz" KG.76 (Istres)
  • II.St.(JABO)/KG.51 (Soesterberg)

Mistel Special Section[edit | edit source]

  • 2. (Mistel I) /KG 101 (Saint-Dizier)
  • II. (Mistel I) -(Detach)/KG 200 (Saint-Dizier)

Bombers with V-1 Launchers[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

These units operated near Calais (France), and in Belgium and Holland.

  • 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)[edit | edit source]

These units were based in Muhldorf, Bavaria, and composed of Helicopters:

  • Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drachen
  • Flettner Fl 265
  • Flettner 282B Kolibri

for operations in western and eastern front areas, with airfields in France (West) and East Prussia (East) for realizing some special liaisons, personal transport, rescue of wounded personnel, watching/air patrol, and other similar missions in the last days of the war.

  • Transportstaffeln 40 (West area)

Wehrmacht/Luftwaffe V-2 mobile ramps sections[edit | edit source]

Division zur Vergeltung(Div.z.V.)[edit | edit source]

This special unit was led by Wehrmacht and SS Commanders, working along with Luftwaffe personnel and facilities. They operated in France, Belgium and Holland.

"Div.z.V." Nordgruppe[edit | edit source]

  • 444° Artillerie-Abt
  • 485° Artillerie- Abt (also known as Artillerie Regiment z. V. 902)
  • 2°./485° Artillerie-Abt

"Div.z.V." Südgruppe[edit | edit source]

  • 500° Waffen SS Artillerie-Abt (also known as 500° SS Werfer Abt.)
  • 836° Artillerie-Abt (also known as Artillerie Regiment zur Vergeltung 901)

Wehrmacht V-4 "Rheinbote" Mobile ramps units[edit | edit source]

  • I./709 Artillerie Abt

Wehrmacht V-3 Artillery group[edit | edit source]

  • 705° Artillerie Abt.

Abbreviations[edit | edit source]

Commanding officers[edit | edit source]

Flag for the Chief of a Luftflotte

  • 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

Chief of staff[edit | edit source]

Subordinated units[edit | edit source]

Jagdfliegerführer 3Jagdfliegerführer 2Fliegerführer AtlantikII. Jagdkorps10th Air Corps (Germany)8th Air Corps (Germany)5th Air Corps (Germany)2nd Air Corps (Germany)1st Air Corps (Germany)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. For an explanation of the meaning of Luftwaffe unit designation see Luftwaffe Organisation

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