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After an original idea by Paul Freeman.
First published 7 Nov 2010. This collection of airfields is © 2010 - 2018 RonaldV
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Gossen

31-10-2014

02-11-2016

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062°50'06"N 006°49'48"E

Runway 08-26 - 1650x60meter - concrete (Closed)
Runway 08-26 - 550x12meter - gravel


Gossen airfield is a small airfield 385 kilometer northwest of Oslo on the island of Aukra.
It was built by the Germans between 1941 and 1944. It featured a concrete runway, two dispersal areas (North and South) with 1 large, 4 medium and 11 small aircraft shelters. Construction of a NE/SW oriented runway had begun in 1941, but was abandoned in 1942. by 1943, it had 1,322 Luftwaffe personnel and 360 Wehrmacht auxiliaries on strentgh. In the summer of 1944, it was used by 121./ZG26, operating Bf110s. They were attacked by aircraft off 4 RN aircraft carriers, which claimed to have destroyed 6 Bf110s. In December 1944, ZG26 was replaced by JG5 "Eismeer".

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Bf 109G "Gelbe 8" of 11./JG 5 at Gossen, in either March or April 1945 (Collection Olve Digbvy, via Flickr)

On the day of the German surrender in Norway, the airfield had 1 Bf 109G of Stab./JG5, 13 Bf 109Gs of 10./JG5, 16 Bf 109Gs of 11./JG5 and a single Bf110G of III./JG5. The aircraft remained at the airfield throughout the summer of 1945. 

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Gossen viewed from the air on 21 May 1945, 11 days after the surrender. All aircraft were neatly parked together, as can be seen in front of the hangar (RAF, via Luftwaffe.no)

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A Bf110G of III./JG5 and Bf 109Gs "Schwarze 10" and "Schwarze 1" of 10./JG 5 at Aukra-Gossen in the Summer of 1945. (digitalmuseum.no via Flickr). More aircraft can be seen at Gossen at this Flickr site.

I could not trace what happened to the airfield after the summer of 1945. Today, a small general aviation airfield (NO-0018) with a 500x12m landing strip is located on what used to be the location of the large runway, which is still recognisable in Google Earth.