- Published: 12 February 2012 12 February 2012
- Last Updated: 27 April 2013 27 April 2013
The X Fliegerkorps was formed in October 1939 from 10. Flieger-Division and was disbanded in September 1944.
On 19 February 1940 the destroyers Z-1 Leberecht Maass, Z-3 Max Schultz, Z-4 Richard Beitzen, Z-6 Theodor Riedel, Z-13 Erich Koellner and Z-16 Friedrich Eckoldt from the 1. Zerstörerflottille sortied into the North Sea in response to suspicious activities from British vessels at the Dogger Bank (Operation Wikinger) without the requested fighter cover.
A Heinkel He 111 from X Fliegerkorps on an anti-shipping operation passed the ships without giving any recognition signals so it was assumed to be a British aircraft and the ships opened fire, in return the aircraft assumed that the ships were British and attacked, sinking the Z-1 Leberecht Maass. The other destroyers attempted to rescue the crew and the Z-3 Max Schultz soon exploded and sank, probably after hitting a mine. A total of 578 German sailors was killed in this "friendly fire" incident due to lack of communication between the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe.
General der Flieger Hans Geisler (2 Oct 1939 - 3 June 1940)
General der Flieger Bernhard Kühl (3 June 1940 - 20 Sep 1940)
General der Flieger Hans Geisler (20 Sep 1940 - 31 Aug 1942)
General der Flieger Otto Hoffmann von Waldau (31 Aug 1942 - 31 Dec 1942)
Generalleutnant Alexander Holle (31 Dec 1942 - 22 May 1943)
General der Flieger Martin Fiebig (22 May 1943 - 1 Sep 1944)
Order of Battle (June 1941)
Kampfgeschwader zbV 1
Kampfgeschwader zbV 172
Kampfgruppe zbV 9
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