(Zagreb – Velika Gorica, Kurilovec) – Croatia (15.3 km SE of Zagreb) (45 42 00 N – 16 05 25 E)
Description and History
Airfield with a take-off/landing run of 1,200 yds. (1,097 meters) until summer 1944 when the Luftwaffe began heavy construction. Facilities included hangar and workshop buildings, barracks, dispersal areas and fuel and ammunition storage. Used by the Royal Yugoslav Air Force before the war. Attacked by the Luftwaffe on 6 April 1941 and all 18 reconnaissance biplanes (Breguet and Potez) were destroyed. Relatively inactive until the end of 1942 and did not warrant its own Luftwaffe station command until April 1944. Thereafter, repeatedly attacked by Balkan Air Force fighters and fighter-bombers to the end of the war.
Fl.H.Kdtr. E 32/VI (04.44 – 05.44); Fl.H.Kdtr. E(v) 225/XVII (05.44 – 05.45).
15.(kroat.)/KG 53 (11.42 – 12.43); 13./SG 151 (01.44 – 04.44); NSGr. 7 (1944-45); various Croatian Air Force units.
© 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.