On Saturday 7 July 2018 we went on an adventurous trip through the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a group of interested parties in search of traces of the former German Fliegerhorst Deelen, under the direction of Bas Schoel, connected to Museum vlb Deelen and very well aware of everything to do with this airport and his brother Harry, who made the beautiful website www.beleefdehogeveluwe.nl The warm weather and loose dirt roads through the drought demanded a lot of our stamina, but we have seen very interesting objects that you would otherwise pass by without notice.

I also went home with interesting objects. A piece of lava rock from the Harz mountains that was used as an underlayer for the runways to be constructed for the aircraft and a piece of scrap from a German airplane. The removal of lava rock was done by forced labour, so there is a sad story behind that.

Piece of a German airplane, found on a former site of Fliegerhorst Deelen on the grounds of park De Hoge Veluwe.
Bunker Diogenes
During the war, a large area of Park de Hoge Veluwe was requisitioned by the Germans to be drawn to the airport. The area was used for the construction of aircraft stands, runways, staff and maintenance buildings, hangars, wells, rainwater drainage from the airport (zinc hole) and a telephone bunker. Also, the large bunker Dionenes was built. This was where German air traffic control was located. On a large glass plate the positions of both German and enemy aircraft were shown by
Blitzmädchen. Girls employed by the Luftwaffe for supporting tasks. They illuminate with small spotlights the positions of the planes on the glass plate, which were passed on to the bunker by radar stations and then these girls got the information to show it. On the basis of this the officers took decisions about the position and deployment of the German aircraft. Much was flown at night by Nighthunters who hunted the British Lancaster bombers.
That's what the Diogenes bunker looked like from the inside. From here the airspace was controlled. The seats of the 'Helferinnen', which were connected to the radar stations in the area, are located on the south side of the map. Incidentally, this is a similar bunker in Denmark.

Bunker Diogenes devastated interior.

We are located at the back of Diogenes, on the grounds of Nat. Park de Hoge Veluwe. Now the terrain on which Diogenes stands is still separated by a fence because until recently the municipal archive was located in the bunker. But the complex has now been cleared and a museum destination is obvious. It seems to me not unlikely that it will be pulled at the park. After all, before the war, this land also belonged to National Park Hoge Veluwe.
What is this? If you know, you can say it. We thought that here perhaps a mast of an antenna has stood and in this slot a power wire has run.

Telephone bunker.

Cover on well of bunker Diogenes.

Cover on corridor running underneath the telephone bunker.

Tree with incision. Presumably by a German soldier.

Here was a hangar of the Fliegerhorst.

Here was the location of 'Het Noorse Huis' on Kemperberg in wartime.The location was requisitioned by the Germans because of its situation (close to the airport). The Germans called it  'Das Mauseschloss'. It was used to house Luftwaffemilitaries.

Here ran a runway for the aircraft of Fliegerhorst Deelen.

Runway fliegerhorst deelen

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 on Deelen (1943)

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 on Deelen (1943)

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 on Deelen (1943)

Runway Fliegerhorst Deelen towards the north, which is tidied up within the park.
Liechtenstein antennas on the nose of a Junkers 88 fighter en reception installation in the cockpit

Zinc hole for water of the airfield Deelen.

In 1941 the Luftwaffe built a 13 kilometre long railway line from Wolfheze station to the Fliegerhorst Deelen, north of Arnhem. The railway line was intended in particular for the transport of building materials for the airport and for the transport of petrol and ammunition. That is why the line was nicknamed "the Bomb Line" in popular speech. The railway line took off at the west side of Wolfheze station and led along the 's-Koonings Jaght and the Aalderinksveld to the Fliegerhorst Deelen. There were side branches to the bunker "Diogenes" at the Koningsweg and to a petrol pot at the Eike wood mountains on the west side of the airport. Almost immediately after the war the railway line was broken up again, but interesting relicts of this German military railway line can still be found in the field.

Trafo house that stood along the bomb line.

In search of traces of Fliegerhorst Deelen in Hoge Veluwe National Park.

Here was an aircraft stand, where I also found a piece of scrap, originating from a German airplane. 75 years later...

Hook to which camouflage set is attached. The camouflage set was stretched over the standing fighters.

Herring to which camouflage set is attached.

Well of Fliegerhorst Deelen.

Crash location of the Dakota Mk III KG 428 I2-UX of Christie.

Markant is the still totally dilapidated soil, which has never been excavated in this nature reserve. Because of the oil and fuel from the crashed plane that was spilled into the ground, 75 years after the event, nothing wants to grow at all.

Fortunately the pilot named Christie survived the rash

In 1994 Christie visited the crashsite.

The same tree is still standing there.