Luftnachrichtenschule 4

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Formation

1 October 1939 - Formed in Augsburg as Luftflottennachrichtenschule 4.

Establishment

By 1942 Ln.-Schule 4 had a Stab, I.(Bordfunker Ausb.-)Abt. and II.(Flieger-)Abteilung. The I.(Ausb.-) Abteilung typically had 4 to 7 Schülerkompanien with 150 – 200 students in each company plus 40 instructors and 80 cadre personnel. The II.(Flieger-) Abt. had 2 Kompanien.

History

Jan 1940 - Schule transferred from Augsburg to Budweis/120 km south of Prague.

7 Oct 1940 - Ju 86 crashed at Giesshübel, 100%.

30 Mar 1941 - Fw 58 crashed near Sonneberg, 100%.

13 Jul 1941 - W 34 damaged at Fp. Mannheim-Sandhofen during a storm, 20%.

6 Sep 1941 - Ju 88E crashed at Deutsch-Brod, 45%.

1942 - re-designated Luftnachrichtenschule 4.

1 Apr 1943 - one of its Abteilungen (probably the Flieger-Abt.) was stationed at Deutsch-Brod, according to Luftwaffen-Personalamt assignment orders.

30 Mar 1943 - Fw 58 crashed near Chambery in France, 100%.

7 Apr 1943 - Ln.-Schule 4 officially transferred from Budweis to Lyon-Bron in eastern France, although an advance party had moved there a week or two earlier.

Sep 1943 - Lyon-Bron.

28 Nov 1943 - Fw 58 crashed in fog near Armpuis and burned, 100%, 1 killed and 2 injured.

20 Jan 1944 - Fw 58 belly landed near Lyon, 10%.

28 Feb 1944 - Ju 86E crashed near Chabeuil, 90%, 1 injured.

30 Mar 1944 - Caudron C 445A-1 belly landed at Fp. Lyon-Bron, 15%.

5 Apr 1944 - Ju 86E-8 and a Caudron C 445 shot down by U.S. fighters near Lyon, both 100%, 12 killed.

30 Apr 1944 - Ju 86E shot down by a U.S. fighter at La Boisse, 100%, 6 killed and 1 wounded.

30 Apr 1944 - Lyon-Bron bombed by 114 B-17 Fortresses causing the following losses to Ln.-Schule 4: 12 x Ju 86E, 1 x He 72D, 1 x Fw 44J, 2 x Fw 58C and 5 x Caudron C 445A; all were totally destroyed except for 3 of the Ju 86 bomber-trainers.

1 May 1944 - Ln.-Schule 4 reported 7 x Ju 86, 13 x Caudron C 445 and 1 x Fw 58 on strength, all of which were based at Lyon-Bron; the rest had all been destroyed the previous day.

17 Jun 1944 - Ju 86E-2 struck an obstacle while flying low northwest of Lyon and crashed, 100%, 7 killed.

Aug 1944 - according to a PoW statement, the school trained aircrew radio operators which was normally a 9-month course during the early years of the war, but by 1943 this had been reduced to 4 to 5 months. It had 150 instructor personnel in 1944 and could handle up to 1,500 students at a time, although it rarely had this many.

18 Aug 1944 - Stab and I.Abt. ordered disbanded; II.Abt. was ordered to withdraw from Lyon-Bron to Alsace.

10 Sep 1944 - II.Abt. was ordered to be disbanded.


FpN

L 52930

Kommandeur

Oberst Hans Krumm (Dec? 39 - 23 Aug 40)

Oberst Wilhelm von Jenny (24 Aug 40 - 30 Jun 41)

Oberst Walter Knapp (1 Jul 41 - 31 Mar 43)

Oberst Hermann Jensen (1 Apr 43 - 17 Aug 44)

Gen.Lt. Otto Kühne (17 Aug 44 - Oct 44)

Sources

G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939-1945

K-O. Hoffmann - Ln: Die Geschichte der Luftnachrichtentruppe, 3 Bde (Neckargemünd, 1965-73)

NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-77 LpA Orders)

PRO London: DEFE 3 ULTRA signals

AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.619 British AirMin P/W interrogations, ADI(K) series, microfilm rolls A5400-05, interrogation ADI(K) 553/44

AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.619 British AirMin CSDIC P/W Interrogation Reports in microfilm rolls A5415-18, interrogation CSDIC SF-16

BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs)

C.Zweng - Die Dienststellen, Kommandobehörden und Truppenteile der Luftwaffe 1935-1945, Band 1: Nr. 1-10

S.Carlsen and M.Meyer - Die Flugzeugführer-Ausbildung der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1935-1945, Band I: Von der Grundausbildung bis zur Blindflugschule.

Acknowledgement

Posting by Larry D. on 12 Mar 2005, 16:17 to Axis History Forum

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