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Stara Zagora

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Location of airfield Stara Zagora

Airfield name. Stara Zagora (Bulgarian: Стара Загора).

Coordinate. 42°22,92` с.ш. 25°39,42` в.д.

General. Stara Zagora – airfield in C Bulgaria c. 79 km ENE of Plovdiv and 5.25 km SSE of Stara Zagora. Rated for fighters.

History. Existed since at least 1929, improved in 1938 with hangar and workshop construction beginning in 1940. Used mainly by Bulgarian bombers sent here for bombing practice. The Germans arrived in 1941 and did some further work on the airfield.

Surface and Dimensions. Poorly drained grass or farmland surface that remained soft for a long time after heavy rain or melting snow. Dimensions approx. 915 × 715 meters (1000 × 780 yards). Had a short 375 meter (410 yard) runway made out of crushed stone.

Fuel and Ammunition. There were 6 fuel tanks on the S boundary.

Infrastructure. Airfield had 4 medium hangars at the NE corner with the flight control building in the middle and several barrack buildings in the same general location. There were also some small workshops for minor repairs. The nearest rail connection was in Stara Zagora.

Dispersal. None reported.

Defenses. No information found.

Remarks. 27.02.1944 no aircraft were visible when airfield Stara Zagora was photographed by Allied reconnaissance plane.

Operational Units.
Bulgarian: none identified.
Luftwaffe:
3.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 21 (Mar-Apr 41)?
4.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 22 (Mar-Apr 41)?

Station Commands. None identified.

Station Units (on various dates – not complete).
1.(Fernverbindungs-)/Ln.-Betriebs-Abt. z.b.V. (mot) 14 (May 44);
Koflug 8/XVII (Jul-Aug 44).

Sources and books

[1] Henry L. deZeng IV Luftwaffe Airfields 1935-45. Bulgaria – Edition: November 2014 (website The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945).


 

Last updated: 14.03.2015.