Luftflotte Reich

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Luftflotte Reich
Chef einer Luftflotte Version 1.svg
Flag for the Chief of a Luftflotte
Active 5 February 1944
Disbanded 8 May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Type Command
Size ~160.000 (spring of 1944)
Engagements Defence of the Reich
GenOberst Hans-Jürgen Stumpff

Luftflotte Reich[1] (Air Fleet Reich) was one of the primary divisions of the German Luftwaffe in World War II. It was formed on February 5, 1944 in Berlin-Wannsee from Luftwaffenbefehlshaber Mitte. Its primary task was to defend German air space during the Defense of the Reich campaign.

It was among the only Luftwaffe division that was in possession of a sizable number of Me 262's and Me 163's[2] fielding over 140 rocket aircraft as late as February 1945.

Commanding officers[edit]

Chief of staff[edit]

  • Generalmajor Sigismund Freiherr von Falkenstein, 5 February 1944 – 12 May 1944
  • Generalmajor Andreas Nielsen, 12 May 1944 – 8 May 1945


  1. ^ For an explanation of the meaning of Luftwaffe unit designation see Luftwaffe Organisation
  2. ^ The Luftwaffe Over Germany: Defense of the Reich, page 322