Former military airfield in Venlo

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Hi all.

In the 1910s, the Venlo airfield was established and expanded later to become the largest military airfield on the european continent. In 1941, its size was around 1,800 ha. The airfield played a vital role in german night defense against the bombers coming from the UK.

Some interesting aviation history happened here: the first aircraft with on-board radar (Heinkel He-219 Uhu), the experimental night use of a rocket propelled plane (Me-163 Komet), and the airborne launch of V2 "cruise missiles" from another aircraft, a He-111.

Today, a part of the are is used by german army as a depot (not accessible), another one from a dutch light aircraft team (the Venlo are today is located on both german and dutch territory). Of course, a memorial is build to remember all those who suffered from the actions which started here.

Some impressions from the area are here.

A former maintenance building:
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A rounded shelter is found in the woods - there were 99 of them in 1941:
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Remains of buildings can be found all over the place:
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A fortified hangar wall:
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Best regards

Mattes
 

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