Wenzendorf

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Wenzendorf
Coat of arms of Wenzendorf
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Wenzendorf   is located in Germany
Wenzendorf
Wenzendorf
Location of Wenzendorf within Harburg district
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Coordinates: 53°21′N 09°46′E / 53.350°N 9.767°E / 53.350; 9.767Coordinates: 53°21′N 09°46′E / 53.350°N 9.767°E / 53.350; 9.767
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Harburg
Municipal assoc. Hollenstedt
Government
 • Mayor Manfred Cohrs
Area
 • Total 21.47 km2 (8.29 sq mi)
Elevation 64 m (210 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,343
 • Density 63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 21279
Dialling codes 04165
Vehicle registration WL
Website [2]

Wenzendorf is a municipality in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is also the name of the chief village of the municipality.

The area is known mainly for the airfield near the village, where the Hamburger Flugzeugbau, the aircraft manufacturing arm of Blohm & Voss, built a factory during the Nazi era.

Municipality[edit]

Wenzendorf is a municipality in the Lower Saxony district of Harburg, Germany, its five main villages are Wenzendorf, Wennerstorf, Klauenburg, Dierstorf and Dierstorf-Heide.

Wenzendorf is the largest Christmas tree growing area in northern Germany.[2]

Wenzendorf village[edit]

The village of Wenzendorf lies approximately 25 km southwest of Hamburg, it has a population of a little over 1,000.

Airfield[edit]

Wenzendorf airfield lies about 2 km to the southeast of the main village.

Aircraft factory[edit]

In 1934, Hamburger Flugzeugbau began construction of its first dedicated aircraft factory at Wenzendorf and laid out a large aerodrome for test flying, the factory began operation in 1935, license-building the Dornier Do 23, the first of which flew in December 1935.[3]

Not long afterwards the company adopted its parent company's name of Blohm and Voss, by which it is chiefly remembered.

A great many aircraft were assembled at Wenzendorf throughout the war period, mostly under sub-contract to other manufacturers, they included:

On 6 October 1944 the plant was severely damaged in a bombing raid by the US Air Force, and three months later was almost completely destroyed in a second attack.[4][5]

Modern use[edit]

Today, the airfield is much reduced in size, it has a single grass Runway of 750m length and is home to the Airbus HFB gliding club.

Some of the old factory buildings have been converted to a retirement home.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Landesbetrieb für Statistik und Kommunikationstechnologie Niedersachsen, 102 Bevölkerung - Basis Zensus 2011, Stand 31. Dezember 2015 (Tabelle K1020014)
  2. ^ Die Zeit: Der Baumbauer 19. Dezember 2007
  3. ^ Hermann Pohlmann; Chronik Eines Flugzeugwerkes 1932-1945, Motorbuch, 2nd Impression, 1982. (In German).
  4. ^ RonaldV; "Wenzendorf", Abandoned, Forgotten & Little-Known airfields in Europe. (Retrieved 25 June 2017)
  5. ^ Flugzeugwerk und Flugplatz Wenzendorf (in German). (Retrieved 25 June 2017)
  6. ^ Eighth Air Force Historical Society.[1]