Luftgaukommando III (2nd)

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Luftgaukommando III (2d Formation)

(FpN: none assigned)

Kommandierender General:

Gen.Maj. Hans, Graf von Sponeck (4 Feb 38 - 11 Mar 38)

Gen.d.Flakart. Hubert Weise (11 Mar 38 - 3 Oct 39)

Gen.Maj. Gerhard Hoffmann (3 Oct 39 - 23 Jun 40)

Gen.d.Flakart. Karl-Alfred Haubold (24 Jun 40 - 18 Mar 43)

Gen.Lt. Walter Friedensberg (18 Mar 43 - 1 Aug 43)

Gen.d.Flakart. Gerhard Hoffmann (1 Aug 43 - 20 Feb 45)

Gen.d.Flieger Walter Boenicke (20 Feb 45 - 25 Apr 45)


Luftkreiskommando 2 (12 Oct 37 - 4 Feb 38)

Luftwaffengruppenkdo. 1 (4 Feb 38 - 1 Feb 39)

Luftflottenkdo. 1 (1 Feb 39 - 24 Mar 41)

Luftwaffenbefehlshaber Mitte (24 Mar 41 - 5 Feb 44)

Luftflottenkdo. Reich (5 Feb 44 - c.30 Apr 45)

Subordinate Commands:

Kommando Flughafenbereiche (airfield regional commands) and Fliegerhorstkommandanturen (air base commands), Luftnachrichten (air force signals), Sanitäts (medical), Flak (antiaircraft), civil air defense, supply, schools, replacements and sundry other ground service and support commands, staffs and units located within its territory of authority. These changed frequently and in the absence of surviving source documentation it is not possible to list them accurately or completely.

Formation and History. (Jul 37 - Apr 45)

Formed 12 October 1937 in Berlin by renumbering Luftgaukommando 4 (Berlin), and following the reorganization of 1 April 1939, comprised the territory of Mark Brandenburg, the majority of Pomerania and the northern part of Saxony. With effect from 1 December 1941, Luftgaukdo. III began taking over the territory of Luftgaukdo. IV, the staff of which had been transferred to the central sector of the Russian Front to become Luftgaukdo. Moskau. During the next two years (Dec 41 to Feb 43) it was designated Luftgaukommando III/IV. By February 1943 the territorial amalgamation was complete and the dual designation was dropped. For the purpose of improving the air defense set up around Berlin, the territory of the Luftgau was extended to the west in 1944 with eastern Mecklenburg, the Prignitz and the Altmark regions taken over from Luftgaukdo. XI. At the same time, Lower Silesia, which had been acquired from Luftgau IV, was turned over to Luftgaukdo. VIII. The Stab of the Luftgaukdo. was in Berlin-Dahlem during 1942 and is believed to have remained there until Berlin fell at the end of April 1945.[1]

Befehlsstelle Posen d. Luftgaukommando III

(FpN: none found)


(not found)

Established in 1942 in Posen (Poznań) to cover the Warthegau district of western and northwestern Poland as Luftgaukdo. II became increasingly responsible for supplying and supporting Luftwaffe operations in eastern Poland and Belorussia. No mention of it has been found after 1942.[2]

Befehlsstelle Dresden d. Luftgaukommando III

(FpN: none found)


Gen.d.Flieger Alfred Bülowius (Jan 45 - Apr 45)

Established January 1945 when it was decided not to set up an entirely new Luftgaukommando with Stab in Dresden (Luftgaukdo. XVI was intended). The Befehlsstelle, or branch headquarters, was still in Dresden on 20 April 1945 and was subordinated to Luftflotte 6.[3]

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress).

(1st Draft 2023)

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  1. G.Tessin-Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939: Altes Heer, Freiwilligenverbände, Reichswehr, Heer, Luftwaffe, Landespolizei (Osnabrück, 1974); K-H.Völker-Die deutsche Luftwaffe 1933-1939: Aufbau, Führung und Rüstung der Luftwaffe sowie Entwicklung der deutschen Luftkriegstheorie (Stuttgart, 1967); G.Tessin-Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); H.Boog-Die deutsche Luftwaffenführung 1935-1945: Führungsprobleme, Spitzengliederung, Generalstabsausbildung (Stuttgart, 1982); R.Suchenwirth-The Development Of The German Air Force, 1919-1939, USAF Historical Studies No. 160 (New York, 1968); C.Zweng-Die Dienststellen, Kommandobehörden und Truppenteile der Luftwaffe 1935-1945 (Osnabrück, 1999), Bd. 1; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (scattered microfilm citations found in T-321, T-405 and T-971).
  2. G.Tessin-op.cit.
  3. G.Tessin-op.cit.; K.Mehner/R.Teuber-Die deutsche Luftwaffe 1939-1945: Führung und Truppe (Norderstedt: 1993); PRO London: DEFE 3 ULTRA signal KO928.