Airfield flak

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by Civettone, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Civettone

    Civettone Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Messages:
    1,821
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    London, UK
    Home Page:
    Who can tell us a bit about anti-aircraft guns on airfields? What would we expect to see there?

    I assume great differences from one aerodrome to the next, between small and big units and of course between countries. Wouldn't be surprised if the Luftwaffe had extra flak for its western airfields.



    Kris
     
  2. Jabberwocky

    Jabberwocky Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    1,090
    Likes Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Teacher
    Location:
    Japan
    Check out the Abandoned Airfield of Europe website (Abandoned little known airfields in Europe). Its got lots of original maps/pictures that show AAA emplacements.
     
  3. Tante Ju

    Tante Ju Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    664
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    From what I have read, late war LW airfield flak was murderous, especially in Me 262 bases... IIRC one had up to 200 barrels of 2cm Flak defending it, so you had to stay well clear of the runways and near vicinity, and second strafing passes were a no-go. The first one, using the element of surprise and given the reaction time of the gun crews may have success, a second attemp was pretty much suicide.
     
  4. Greyman

    Greyman Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2009
    Messages:
    711
    Likes Received:
    130
    Trophy Points:
    43
  5. davebender

    davebender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    6,418
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    Production statistics for Luftwaffe (i.e. not Heer) flak provide a pretty good idea what you can expect. Let's use 1943 since that's the war mid point.

    Production Stats on German Tube-fired Weapons 1939-1945
    31,502 x 2cm.
    4,131 x 3.7cm.
    4,416 x 8.8cm.
    1,220 x 10.5cm.
    298 x 12.8cm.
    .....Individual weapons are counted. Flakvierling requires four 2cm weapons. There were also some 3.7cm twin mounts.
    .....10.5cm and 12.8cm were used to protect industrial centers against high altitude bombers. I doubt you would find them protecting an airfield.
     
  6. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,716
    Likes Received:
    1,421
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Unlikely, although not impossible, that anything above 37mm was used for local defence of Luftwaffe fields. Main installations were Flak 2cm in single and quad, and 3.7cm.
     
  7. davebender

    davebender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    6,418
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    I agree. However large airfields in western Europe such as Venlo night fighter base would probably have at least 1 battery of 8.8cm flak.
     
Loading...

Share This Page