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(Zagreb-Pleso) – Croatia (11 km SE of Zagreb) (45 44 30 N – 16 04 20 E)

Description and History

Airfield with a 2,000 yd. (1,829 meters) concrete runway constructed during 1943-44.

Facilities included 3 large hangar/workshop buildings, barracks, extensive dispersal areas, fuel and munitions storage.

Classified as an unpaved auxiliary airfield prior to 1943.

The Luftwaffe began major construction work at Pleso in summer 1943, assigned a station command in December 1943 and aircraft began using it again in spring 1944.

It was a primary refueling and layover stop for transport a/c transiting through the Balkans during 1944-45.

Station Units

Fl.H.Kdtr. E 37/VI (12.43 – 05.44); Fl.H.Kdtr. E(v) 209/XVII (05.44 – 05.45).

Air Units

I./S.G. 2 (05.44); NSGr. 7 (06.44 – c.12.44).

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress).(1st Draft 2008)


1) Air Ministry A.I.2.(B) airfield lists and profiles prepared by the Air Ministry Air Intelligence Directorate (hundreds of linear feet of documentation currently archived at the British National Archives (London), the U.S. National Archives (Washington) and the USAF Historical Research Agency (Maxwell AFB, Alabama).

2) Various, scattered references regarding airfields, station commands and air unit locations gleaned from the surviving Luftwaffe records at the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv, Freiburg im Breisgau, and microfilmed by the U.S. National Archives.

3) Hammel, Eric. Air War Europa – Chronology: America’s Air War Against Germany in Europe and North Africa 1942-1945. Pacifica (CA): Pacifica Press, 1994

4) Mattiello, Gianfranco. Fliegerhorstkommandanturen und Flugplätze der deutschen Luftwaffe 1935-1945. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag, 2000.

5) Middlebrook, Martin and Chris Everitt. The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book, 1939-1945. London: Penguin Books, 1990

6)Ries, Karl and Wolfgang Dierich. Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe: Planskizzen 1935-1945. Stuttgart: Motorbuch Verlag, 1993.

7) Internet: numerous web sites in a variety of European languages offer additional information on individual airfields.