The airport at Rye was built as a private airfield in 1935 and when the Germans attacked Denmark and Norway on 9 April 1940, the small airfield had a prominent role. It was important for the Germans to be able to maintain supply to the war in Norway and the capacity of the airport in Aalborg was not big enough. Therefore, Rye was taken into use hours after Denmark's surrender.
Several units operated from Rye including transport planes (JU 52) and fighters (Messerschmitt Bf 110) and the major activity led to an English bomb attack on May 2nd. However, no significant damage was caused.
The Germans now started a powerful expansion of the airfield with barracks, bunkers and air defense positions. After the Norwegian surrender, the need for transport fell and Rye airfield lost its significance.
Until the liberation in May 1945, the airfield was used for education and as a reserve landing.
It is now possible to find the various bunkers on the site.