Friday, 29 April 2016

Structure of the Luftwaffe. Part 4 - Luftflotte 4

Luftflotte 4 was one of the primary divisions of the German Luftwaffe in World War II. It was formed on March 18, 1939, from Luftwaffenkommando Österreich in Vienna. The Luftflotte was re designated on 21 April 1945, to Luftwaffenkommando 4, and became subordinated to Luftflotte 6. It was the Luftflotte 4, which was responsible for the bombing campaign of Stalingrad, where ca. 40000 civilians died. This Luftwaffe Detachment was based in Romania, Bulgaria, Southeast Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Russian occupied territories, for supporting Axis forces.

https://www.asisbiz.com/Luftwaffe/lfl4.html


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Oberbefehlshaber:

GenOb Alexander Löhr, 18.3.1939 - 20.7.1942



GenFeldm Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, 20.7.1942 - 4.9.1943



GenOb Otto Dessloch, 4.9.1943 - 17.8.1944



GenLt Alexander Holle, 25.8.1944 - 27.9.1944



GenOb Otto Dessloch, 28.9.1944 - 21.4.1945


Chef des Stabes:

Oberst Günther Korten, 18.3.1939 - 19.12.1939



Oberst Herbert Olbrich, 19.12.1939 - 21.7.1940



Obstlt Andreas Nielsen, 21.7.1940 - 3.11.1940



Oberst Richard Schimpf, 4.11.1940 - 15.1.1941



GenLt Günther Korten, 15.1.1941 - 12.8.1942



Oberst Hans-Detlef Herhudt von Rohden, 24.8.1942 - 23.2.1943



Oberst Karl-Heinrich Schulz, 1.3.1943 - 25.3.1943

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Gen Otto Dessloch, 26.3.1943 - 3.9.1943



GenMaj Karl-Heinrich Schulz, 3.9.1943 - 21.4.1945

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Command headquarters location

1 February 1939 - August 1939 Wien
August 1939 - September 1939 Reihenbach/Schlesien
September 1939 - June 1941 Wien
June 1941 - July 1941 Jasionsk, near Rzewszow
July 1941 - 1 August 1941 Kremenez
1 August 1941 - September 1941 Winnitsa
September 1941 - May 1942 Nikolayev
May 1942 - 18 July 1942 Poltava
18 July 1942 - October 1942 Mariupol
October 1942 - December 1942 Jessentuki
December 1942 - March 1943 Novotscherkask, near Rostov
March 1943 - October 1943 Dniepropetrovsk
October 1943 - February 1944 Uman
February 1944 - 8 March 1944 Proskurov
8 March 1944 - 4 July 1944 Morczyn
5 July 1944 - August 1944 Ramnicut-Sarat
August 1944 - 7 September 1944 Debreczen
7 September 1944 - 10 October 1944 Nyiregihaza
10 October 1944 - December 1944  Tavaros
December 1944 - April 1945 Modern, near Pressburg
April 1945 Hörsching

Controlled the following units during the war:

Verbindungsstaffel/Luftflotte 4 (Fi 156)
Kurierstaffel/Luftflotte 4 (Fw 58, He 46)
Luftwaffenkommando Don, 26 Aug 1942 - 17 Feb 1943
Luftwaffenkommando Kaukasus, 25 Nov 1942 - 6 Feb 1943
I. Fliegerkorps, 19 Jul 1942 - 26 Aug 1942 and 17 Feb 1943 - 14 Apr 1945
II. Fliegerkorps, Nov 1944 - 3 Feb 1945
IV. Fliegerkorps, May 1941 - Dec 1943
V. Fliegerkorps, May 1941 - Dec 1941
VIII. Fliegerkorps, Jan 1941 - Jun 1941 and May 1942 - Jul 1944
XI. Fliegerkorps, Apr 1941 - Jun 1941
Kgl. Rumänischen Fliegerkorps, 1942 - Aug 1944
2. Flieger-Division, Aug 1939 - 22 Sep 1939
17. Flieger-Division, 26 Jan 1945 - 6 Apr 1945
102. ungarischen Flieger-Division, 44 - 45
Komm. General der Deutschen Luftwaffe in Nordbalkan, Oct 1944 - 3 Feb 1945
Komm. General der Deutschen Luftwaffe in Rumänien, 1944 - Sep 1944
Komm. General der Deutschen Luftwaffe in Ungarn, 1944 - Mar 1945
Fliegerführer z.b.V., Aug 1939 - Oct 1939
Fliegerführer Nordbalkan, Oct 1944 - Feb 1945
Fliegerführer Süd, Dec 1941 - end.42
Seefliegerführer Schwarzes Meer, end.42 - Apr 1944
Jagdfliegerführer Rumänien, 1943 - Feb 1944 and Sep 1944
Sonderstab Krim, Dec 1941 - Feb 1942
Luftwaffen-Einsatzstab Kroatien, 1944 - .44
Luftgau-Kommando VIII, 1 Apr 1939 - May 1942
Luftgau-Kommando XVII, Mar 1939 - 1 Jan 1943 and 1 Mar 1945 - 6 Apr 1945
Luftgau-Kommando Charkow, Sep 1942 - Jun 1943
Luftgau-Kommando Kiew, Nov 1941 - 9 Sep 1942
Luftgau-Kommando Rostow, Nov 1941 - Jun 1943
Feldluftgau-Kommando XXV, 1 Apr 1943 - 1 Jul 1944
Luftgaustab z.b.V. 4, Jun 1941 - Nov 1941
Luftgaustab z.b.V. 8, Aug 1939 - Oct 1939
Luftgaustab z.b.V.40, Jun 1941 - Nov 1941
Luftwaffenmission Rumänien, 1941 - Jun 1943
Luftwaffenmission Bulgarien, 1942 - Jun 1943
Luftwaffen-Feld-Division 15, 1942
I. Flakkorps, 1 Apr 1941 - Jun 1944
II. Flakkorps, Jun 1941 - Sep 1941
V. Flakkorps, Nov 1944 - Apr 1945
5. Flak-Division, Dec 1942 - Aug 1944?
9. Flak-Division, Jan 1942 - May 1942 and Mar 1944 - Sep 1944
10. Flak-Division, Sep 1941 - May 1942
15. Flak-Division, Jun 1944 - Nov 1944
Flak-Brigade VI, May 1942 - Dec 1942
Luftnachrichten-Regiment 4
Luftnachrichten-Regiment 14
Luftnachrichten-Regiment 24