WW2 Aerial Reconnaissance Studies
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The residents of Pampitz were clearly engaged in construction work at a the airfield that included runway lengthening and the construction of taxiways and roads around the airfield. This was a major effort, requiring a narrow-gage construction rail network that served most of the construction sites. Push carts could be seenon the rail outside the camp and several other areas. A comparison between the 24 August and 25 September coverages revealed that work on at least the runway extension continued during that period.
While covering the major Lufwaffe base at Brieg (Brzeg) on 24 August 1944, a Royal Air Force reconnaissance sortie also imaged a nearby subcamp of the Gross Rosen concentration camp. The camp, outside the village of Pampitz (Pepice) and the airfield, consisted of more than 60 dugout huts surrounded by security fences and guard towers; it was still intact a month later when it was covered by Luftwaffe reconnaissance on 25 September (Graphics).