Drewitz: Air Base

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Coordinates: N515323 E0143200 (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps
Elevation: 80 m
Location Indicator: EDCD (2000)
Operator: NVA LSK/LV

Location

Former East Germany ("GDR"), Bezirk (District) Cottbus;
today Federal State of Brandenburg.
Germany during the Cold War

Location of airfield

Southeast of Drewitz, northwest of Jänschwalde.

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe airfield.

Situation

Drewitz airfield in World War II on a US map from 1943 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)

During the Cold War

Usage

Airbase for former East German Airforce (LSK/LV). Fighter wing 7 (JG-7) until 1989, Fighter-bomber wing 37 (JBG-37) and TAFS-87.

Situation

Drewitz airfield on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972

Overview

Drewitz air base on a map in the East German "Directory 012" (Verzeichnis 012, formerly "Top Secret") from about 1989/1990. - Hand-drawn maps were quite common in the Eastern bloc. The map shows the villages Drewitz and Jänschwalde-Ost, the airfield with concrete and grass runway, the taxiways, the two locators/middle markers and the RSBN radio beacon.

Runways

Data for the year 1989:
  • 06/24: 2500 m x 80 m Concrete
  • 06/24: 2000 m x 100 m Grass north of the hard-surfaced runway
Die Höhen der Schwellen über NN betrugen: Schwelle Ost 82,5 m und Schwelle West 75 m.
Both landing directions were equiped with a landing system SP-2

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1989:
  • RSBN: CH13 "RD", N515332 E0143158 (S43/82?)
  • LOM 24: 769,0 "RD", 3960 m to threshold 24
  • LMM 24: 378,5 "R", 1000 m to threshold 24
  • KRM/GRM 24: CH15
  • LOM 06: 769,0 "DR", 4000 m to threshold 06
  • LMM 06: 378,5 "D", 1000 m to threshold 06
  • KRM/GRM 06: CH15
Die Kennungen wurden wie im Warschauer Pakt üblich aus dem ersten und letzten Buchstaben des Rufzeichens (REINHARD) abgeleitet.
Vom Punkt der berechneten Linie bis 5000 m vor dem Aufsetzpunkt tritt eine unkonstante Anzeige des ARK bis max. + 10 Grad auf.

Radio communication

The radio call sign of the airfield was REINHARD. Tower REINHARD-START 138.0 (Channel 7), 124.0 (Channel 1)

Telephone

Stabsnetz S1 9823. The code names were "Zauberflöte" (?) und "Torez" (Command post) (?)

Units

Units in 1989/1990:
JG-7 "Wilhelm Pieck": MiG-21
JGB-37 "Klement Gottwald": MiG-23BN, MiG-23UB; TAFS-87: MiG-21M (PF 94415)
TAFS-87 (PF 94422)
FBas-57 (PF 94438), FTB-37 (PF 94455), NFK-37 (PF 94492)

Real property

Objects 1989/1990, in conjunction with the airfield
06/015: Flugplatz
06/014: Depot JG-7 (29 ha, S der Eisenbahn Cottbus-Guben)
06/054: Übungsgelände FBas-57 (7,7 ha, Striesow, Marienberge)
06/202: Objekt JG-7 (0,5 ha, Straße Tauer-Jänschwalde)
06/309: Objekt JG-7 (0,2 ha, Tauer, Großsee Südufer)

Today

Usage

General aviation.

Links

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