Volkel Air Base was an alternative base for German night-flying operations from Eindhoven and Gilze-Rijen. For this reason it was regularly hit by Allied bombing missions. But the damage was repairable, at least until the attacks prior to Operation Market Garden. When retreating with their aircraft, the Germans caused so much damage that the Allies could not use ‘Volkel’. You can still see the bomb craters from the many Allied attacks, including those of 15 August and 3 September 1941, in the Trentse Bossen woods.
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