This site is dedicated to Gunner Mark 'Scouse' Taylor 1967 - 1987. AKA 'Tally'

This site is dedicated to Gunner Mark 'Scouse' Taylor 1967 - 1987. AKA 'Tally'
HQ Battery, 12th Air Defence Regiment, RA. A Fellow 'Wreckin' Crew' Member. Rest easy mucker. Photo courtesy of 'Shacks', his room mate.

Tell us what you know?

Hi all,

I have set this Blog up in order that we can share our memories and photos of our time in Napier Barracks. Whichever cap badge you had at the time, you all have a story to tell.

From the late 1940's until 1995, many regiments have passed through the gates of Napier Bks., albeit mainly Royal Artillery regiments and their supporting units. However, other units were present as Occupational Forces, including squadrons from the RAF Regt. and the Royal Scots Fusiliers post 1945; followed by the Royal Engineers in 1950.

Was you a member of one of the many Luftwaffe Squadrons, or an ancestor of anyone and has a tale to tell? 'Richthofen Kaserne' as the airfield with a new runway was known then. Did you serve in the famous Sturmstaffel 1 that was formed here in 1943?

Which artillery regiment did you serve with or attached unit? Did you serve with the 26th US Army Missile Detachment near the gate's entrance when two artillery regiments had Corporal nuclear missiles; or did you serve in the NAAFI, YMCA or WRVS? Come on, tell us what you know and share those photos you have.

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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Richthofenkaserne Timeline

Stab(n): Staff or HQ(s),

Gruppe(n): Group(s)

Staffel(n): Squadron(s) 3/4 Sqdns. of 12/16 aircraft

Single engine Fighter (Hunting) Wing: Jagdgeschwader - JG
Twin Engine Destroyer Wing: Zestorergeschwader – ZG
Combat team for special use: Kampfgruppe zur besonderen Verwendung – KGzbV
Night Interception Wing: Nachtjaegersgeschwader – NJG

Storm Squadron: Sturmstaffel

Airfield Command: Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur

Anti-Aircraft: Flak.

Battery(ies): Batterie(n)

Unit titles, if given; are in italics

  • 1934: Luftwaffe moves in to establish an airbase (Fliegerhorste) alongside the airport and is known as Richthofenkaserne.
  • 1936: Apr. JG134 Horst Wessel (Stab, 1 Gruppe) arrives with Arado Ar 65, 68’E/Fs & Bf109 B/D’s
  • 1938: Jul. JG134 Horst Wessel (4 Gruppe) arrives with Arado Ar 68's & Bf 109's. Oct. JG134 Horst Wessel re-titled JG142 Horst Wessel (Stab, 1 & 4 Gruppen) with Bf109 D’s
  • 1939: Jan. JG142 Horst Wessel re-titled ZG142 Horst Wessel (Stab & 1 Gruppe) with Bf109 D’s
    May ZG142 Horst Wessel re-titled ZG26 Horst Wessel (Stab & 1 Gruppe) with Bf109 D’s
    Aug. ZG26 Horst Wessel (Stab & 1 Gruppe) departs and civil flights cease.
    Nov. ZG26 Horst Wessel (Stab) returns with Bf109 D’s & Bf 110’s
    Nov. JG26 Schlageter (Stab & 1 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 E’s
  • 1940: Jan. ZG26 Horst Wessel (Stab) departs
    Feb. JG26 Schlageter (1 Gruppe) departs. Feb. ZG26 Horst Wessel (3 Gruppe) arrives with Bf 109 D’s & Bf110’s
    Mar. ZG26 Horst Wessel (Stab) returns with Bf110’s
    Mar. ZG26 Horst Wessel (3 Gruppe) departs
    May ZG26 Horst Wessel (Stab) departs
    May JG26 Schlageter (Stab) departs
    May KGzbV101, KGzbV104, KGzb106 arrives with Ju52’s & KGzbV105 arrives with Fw200’s, Ju90’s & JuG38’s
    Jun. KGzbV101, KGzbV104, KGzb105 & KGzbV106 partially disband (Stabn remain with some staffeln till 1941). All aircraft to training schools
    Jun. JG26 Schlageter (Stab) returns with Bf109 E’s
    Jun. JG26 Schlageter (2 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 E’s
    Jul. JG26 Schlageter (Stab & 2 Gruppe) departs
    Jul. JG3 (3 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 E’s
    Aug. JG3 (3 Gruppe) departs
    Dec. JG54 Gruenhertz (Stab & 3 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 E’s
  • 1941: Jan. JG54 Gruenhertz (Stab) departs
    Feb. JG54 Gruenhertz (3 Gruppe) departs
    Feb. JG26 Schlageter (1 Gruppe) returns with Bf109 E’s
    May JG26 Schlageter (1 Gruppe) departs May Flak-Brigade z.b.V (Stab) formed
    Jun. Flak-Brigade z.b.V (Stab) re-titled Flak-Brigade X (Stab) Jun. JG51 (4 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 F’s, then departs within a month Around 1,000 Wehrmacht/Luftwaffen troops are stationed
  • 1943: Feb. Flak-Brigade X (Stab) departs. May 22 Flak-Division formed. Oct. Sturmstaffel 1 formed with Fw190 A’s
    Dec. JG1 Oesau (1 Gruppe) arrives with Fw 190 A’s
  • 1944: Feb. JG1 Oesau (1 Gruppe) departs
    Feb. Sturmstaffel 1 departs
    Apr. JG300 Wilde Sau (2 Gruppe) arrives with Fw190 A’s. Apr. Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur A (o) 4/VI formed
    Jun. JG300 Wilde Sau (2 Gruppe) departs. Summer. Flak-Regiment 124 (10404 & 10405 Flak-Batterien) arrives
    Sep. JG300 Wilde Sau (staffeln of 3 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 G’s
    Sep. JG3 Udet (1 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 G’s, then departs within a week
    Sep. JG4 (Stab) arrives with Bf109 A/G/K’s & Fw190 A’s
    Sep. NJG1 (Stab: Ju88 G's & 4 Gruppe: Bf110's, He219's & Ju88 G's) arrives
    Oct. JG300 Wilde Sau (Staffeln of 3 Gruppe) departs
    Oct. JG77 Hertz As (Stab) arrives with Bf109 G’s
    Nov. JG4 (Stab) departs
    Dec. JG77 Hertz As (1 Gruppe) arrives with Bf109 G/K’s
  • 1945: Jan. JG77 Hertz As (Stab & 1 Gruppe) departs
    Mar. NJG1 (Stab) departs
    Apr. All units that remain; surrender
Information sourced and researched from the internet and edited by the Blogmaster in a simplified way for researchers and other interested parties to understand. Groups from Sqdns. along with entire Sqdns. moved in and out of the airfield throughout WW2