7. Jagddivision

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7. Jagddivision

(FpN: L 50400)


Gen.Lt. Walter Schwabedissen (15 Sep 43 - 03 Nov 43)

Oberst Walter Grabmann, acting (4 Nov 43 - 11 Nov 43)

Gen.Maj. Joachim-Friedrich Huth (6 Feb 44 - 30 Nov 44)[1]

Gen.Maj. Karl Hentschel (10 Apr 45 - 8 May 45)

Formation. (Sep 43)

Formed 15 September 1943 with effect from 15 October 1943 at Munich-Schleissheim (ex-Stab/5. Jagddivision). Controlled night fighter (and later day fighter) operations over southern Germany and Austria under I. Jagdkorps. The Division subordinated Jagdfliegerführer Ostmark, Jagdabschnittsführer Mittelrhein as well as Ln.-Regiment 217, 227 and 237, these providing radar coverage and other communications within its territory[2]

South Germany and Austria. (Sep 43 - May 45)

Sep 43: Stab remained at Munich-Schleissheim until September 1944 when an Allied air raid (probably the large-scale 15th USAAF attack on N and NE Munich on 22 September) destroyed the Division's administration building, forcing Gen.Maj. Huth and his immediate staff to move to Pfaffenhofen a.d.Ilm/40 km N of Munich. But the plotting room and all other sections of the Stab remained at Schleissheim.[3]

17 Feb 45: now under IX. Fliegerkorps (J), which replaced I. Jagdkorps this date.

21 Apr 45: Stab elements at Pfaffenhofen and Schleissheim ordered to begin withdrawing to the south.[4]

3 May 45: Stab at Zell am See/north-central Austria being disbanded under Luftwaffenkdo. West.[5]

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  1. The identity of the commander between 30 Nov 44 and 10 Apr 45 is not known.
  2. G.Tessin- Verbände und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939-1945. Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte; J.Prien-Jagdgeschwader 1 und 11: Einsatz in der Reichverteidigung von 1939 bis 1945:519; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-77 LPA assignments microfilms).
  3. K-O.Hoffmann-Ln.-/Bd. II Teil 1:238 and 494; RG 242 (T-971:26); G.Aders- History of the German Night Fighter Force 1917-1945:170; PRO London: DEFE 3 ULTRA signal HP8227; AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.619 British AirMin P/W interrogations, ADI(K) series, microfilm rolls A5400-05, interrogation ADI(K) 283/45.
  4. ULTRA signal.
  5. M.Rauchensteiner- Der Krieg in Österreich, 1945:361.