Jagdgeschwader 26

Jagdgeschwader 26 - A very active Luftwaffe airfield during the Battle of Britain.

Address:

62250 Route de Warcove
Audembert, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Northern France

Coordinates:
50.856549, 1.675669

Traveling from the west you will take the D249 motorway (highway) until it turns into a road called Route de Warcove. Now this road extends past the airfields remains under the same name but on some maps it is referred to as Rue-de-la-Mairie this would be from the easterly direction. If you are coming from the north or south you will take the D38 motorway (highway)

This site is an historic look into the past as it was a very active Luftwaffe Airfield during the Battle of Britain and afterwards. It is worth checking out as you may get a good sense of what it was like here during WWII.

There is no parking other than a side turn off north of the remains on the D38. You will then have to walk a short few minutes until you reach a farmers gate. I couldn't find anyone to ask the day I was there so I just opened the gate and walked in mindful of any farmer folk hard at work in the area. There are number of hangar remains to the right, in the middle is the old airstrip for the BF109's, keep in mind this was the airfield for Luftwaffe fighter ace Adolf Galland, I will post some links below that give you more detail on his time here and that of Jagdgeschwader 26.

There are bunker remains to the left of the airstrip which I was not able to explore on this visit due to time constraints but we will revisit another day for closer inspection.

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The top corner most part of one of the blast pens or quasi hangars. There would have been a roof and or camouflage netting and possibly some kind of rolling door?.


Luftwaffe ace Adolf Galland with fellow ace Werner Molders to his right. (photo courtesy By Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B12018 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5360747)

All photographs on this visit were taken on July 14th, 2016 and are subject to copyright. Please be respectful and do not copy them for your own personal or professional use. If you would like to contact the photographer and admin of this web site please e-mail admin@germanbunkers.com

I used two different cameras on the 2016 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm and the Apple iPhone Six Plus.

One of the first blast pens or quasi hangar is located to your right as you walk onto the old airfield. The blast pens kept the aircraft from being damaged during an allied air raid.

A view of the back wall of the first blast pen. It's really nice to see these remains so well preserved.

One of the concrete remains most likely for maintenance. Note the foundation and open space for a door.

A front shot of the blast pen at JG26, you can see where the remains of where the runway led directly to the pen.

A side view of one the buildings at JG26. Note the thickness of the walls and foundation. The brick wall is built from the corner joint on top of the cement.

Another thick concrete wall and foundation most likely from a petrol storage building?

A portion of the runway at the old Luftwaffe airstrip, JG26 located close to the town of Audembert, in the
Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, Northern France.


Here are two very good external links for more information on JG26 in Audembert.

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/france/nord-pas-de-calais/pas-de-calais/audembert-s1068.html

http://www.anciens-aerodromes.org/terrains%20aviations/Audembert.htm

Located to the west of the first blast pen lies this unusual cutaway in the cement. As you can see it is built up with bricks with some kind of water basin at the bottom. Would appreciate any feedback on this, please e-mail admin@germanbunkers.com

Looking out from one of the blast pen's at JG26. You can only imagine the stories this view could tell.

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