8th Air Corps (Germany)
VIII. FliegerkorpsFor more details see Luftwaffe Organization
Luftwaffe Organization
Between 1933 and 1945, the organization of the Luftwaffe underwent several changes. Originally, the German military high command decided to use an organizational structure similar to the army and navy, treating the branch as a strategic weapon of war...

(8th Air Corps) was formed 19 July 1939 in Oppeln as Fliegerführer z.b.V. The abbreviation
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 z.b.V. is German
German language
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 and stands for zur besonderen Verwendung (for special deployment). Fliegerführer z.b.V was renamed to VIII. Fliegerkorps on 10 November 1939. The Corps was also known as Luftwaffenkommando Schlesien between 25 January 1945 and 2 February 1945 and was united with Luftgau-Kommando VIII on 28 April 1945 and redesignated Luftwaffenkommando VIII.

Commanding officers

  • Generalfeldmarschall Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, 19 July 1939 – 30 June 1942
  • General der Flieger Martin Fiebig
    Martin Fiebig
    Martin Fiebig was a German general of Luftwaffe, serving during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves...

    , 1 July 1942 – 21 May 1943
  • General der Flieger Hans Seidemann
    Hans Seidemann
    Hans Seidemann was a World War II Luftwaffe general. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves...

    , 21 May 1943 – 28 April 1945Known as Luftwaffenkommando Schlesien, 25 January 1945 – 2 February 1945
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