1940 - 1945: Fliegerhorst Deelen

Between 1940 and 1944, the German Luftwaffe(Germany's air force) decided to construct a tactically important air base in South-East Ede in the middle of the main flight paths of the British bombers. This Fliegerhorst Deelen (Deelen Air Base) went on to play a crucial role in the German air defence in the war and is also now considered a paragon of German military (aviation) architecture and town planning.

It was built completely camouflaged, so the complex as a whole did not look like an air base. For example, many saplings and bushes were planted and the buildings – visible from the air – could pass for local farms and homes. Considerable attention went into the layout of the grounds, too, with the construction of ornamental gardens and an ornamental pond with water for the air base fire brigade. 

Fliegerhorst Deelen became the largest German air base in the Netherlands and one of the major operating bases for the attacks on England. With so many German troops on Ede land, it is understandable that so much happened in the skies over Ede. Some 50 aircraft crashed in this area, both allied and German. In addition to aircraft, numerous V-1 flying bombs fell.

To this day, Deelen Air Base is the most intact military air base from the period 1910 – 1950. 

Museum Deelen

Marvel at the history of Deelen Air Base, from its inception up until today, with special attention to the aerial combat above the Netherlands during the period from 1940 through 1945.

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