German Luftwaffe in Normandy
The German Air Force in Normandy
On 6 June 1944 only the I/JG 2, I/JG 26, III/JG 26 and the Stab squadrons were present.
The Luftwaffe during the Battle of Normandy:
– 16. Felddivision (LW), engaged east of Caen. It was engaged in particular during the British operation Goodwood, after suffering from the continuous bombing Allies.
– 17. FeldDivision (LW), formed in 1943 in the country of Caux (based in Le Havre) and engaged mainly at the end of the Normandy campaign, from 16-17 August 1944. Its actions concentratedin the region of Dreux where its squadrons supported the withdrawal of German troops during the closing of the Falaise pocket.
– 18. FeldDivision (LW). Formed in 1943 in the sector of Dunkirk and to support the for bridgehead of Mantes.
– LW Kampfgruppe, based in Lisieux and rendered inoperable after the bombings which affected it in the region of Le Mans at the beginning of August 1944.