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Target: FASSBERG GERMANY Airfield (12 aircraft) - (52.9206, 10.1844)

Construction began in 1933 on a rail siding, shortly after the airfield was completed. During the mid-1930s various flight schools occupied the airfield: pilots, observers, radio operators and gunners. Many buildings were built to accommodate the vast numbers of flight students. During the war construction was performed by Russian slave laborers from the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. In early 1944, increasing bomb attacks lead to the relocation of Air Technical School #2 (which designed jet fighter aircraft. The Germans destroyed as much as possible before losing the airfield. 160 aircraft were destroyed. The last German aircraft were five Me262 jet fighters, two of which still exist - one at the RAF Museum, Cosford, UK and the other at the Australian War Memorial. On 16 April 1945 Fassberg was reached by British troops. In the last weeks of the war the RAF flew from here. Fassberg was a vital airfield during the Berlin Blockade. There is a museum in the village which includes many photos, Nissen huts, two coal cars and a C-47 on display.



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