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Target: VENLO NETHERLANDS Airfield (104 aircraft) - (51.3669, 6.21434)

The area that became the Venlo airfield had been a Dutch military training ground since the mid-19th century. Early Dutch aviation used the large flat space to land their aircraft. After German occupation, in 1940, a modern base was built and soon hosts night-fighter aircraft. In December 1943, two aerial observation squadrons were established in Venlo. In February 1944, the Fourth Fighter Wing (JG) was stationed 3 in Venlo.On 25 February the 9th USAAF made the first major attack against the airfield. During the Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem, the majority of the base was blown up by the army. On 1 March 1945, the field was liberated by US forces. and used as a 9th Air Force base with reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bombers. Both Eisenhower and Churchill visited the airfield. After the war the runways were demolished and recycled to fix war damage. Since 1946, a part of the former runway has been used as a gliding site. In 2005, the old air traffic control tower was declared a historical monument.



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