Damgarten Pütnitz Air Base


Damgarten: Air Base

Puetnitz, Putnitz

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CoordinatesN541551 E0122646 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 23 ft
Former East Germany (GDR)District of Rostock
Federal stateMecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
RegionBaltic Sea
Map with location of Damgarten Air Base
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Damgarten

During World War II


Damgarten Pütnitz was a Luftwaffe air base and sea plane station.


Pütnitz (=Damgarten) air base in World War II
Pütnitz (=Damgarten) air base in World War II on a US map from 1943 - The two anchor symbols in the area indicate seaplane bases. One is the Pütnitz seaplane base, which is connected to the air base. The other is on the southern bank of the lagoon in the Ribnitz area
Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, Lizenz: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA


Damgarten Puetnitz air base on a US map 1952
Damgarten Puetnitz air base on a US map from 1952 - The map should show the approximate state of expansion at the end of the war
Source: AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

During the Cold War


Soviet forces airbase.

In the 1950s


  • Headquarters Soviet fighter division
  • Soviet fighter regiment (P. O. Box of the technical unit: 62 313),
  • Soviet fighter regiment (P. O. Box of the technical unit: 62 317),
  • A total of 45 MiG-15/MiG-15U were counted at the airfield.
Source: BND/Bundesarchiv B 206/3033
(For the P. O. Box numbers the digits 3 and 5 may be confused, because they are difficult to distinguish in the source document)

In the 1960s


Ribnitz-Damgarten Airfield, Saaler Bodden, Halbinsel Darß, Germany
Atmospheric US satellite image from Tuesday 19.07.1966 - It shows the Damgarten airfield, the Saaler Bodden and the Darß peninsula.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Putnitz Air Base
Air Base
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Northern part
Northern part
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Soviet Il-28 at Damgarten Air Base
Western part - Some airplanes can be seen. The three above the middle of the picture could be Il-28.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Flight line
Central part with flight line - Bottom right: Target circles and an airplane silhouette are painted on the old runway.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Eastern part
Eastern part
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Ribnitz-Damgarten, Saal, Germany, 1969
This US satellite image from Sunday 03 August 1969 shows the Soviet air base and its vicinity. - 1: airfield; 2: former seaplane base; 3: inner radio beacon; 4: outer radio beacon; 5: surface-to-air missile (SAM) site near Saal; a: East German radar site; b: former seaplane base in Lake Ribnitz for the Walther-Bachmann-Flugzeugbau; Places: Behrenshagen, Damgarten, Dändorf, Dierhagen, Hessenburg, Klockenhagen, Körkwitz, Kückenshagen, Langendamm, Pütnitz, Ribnitz, Saal.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Damgarten Air Base, Germany, 1969
The airfield in the general view - The runway is 2,500 meters long. To the south is the old runway. Clearly visible are the recently built aircraft shelters, which are scattered all over the field.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Former seaplane base Pütnitz, Germany
The northwestern part of the base. On the left side on the shore are the buildings of the former seaplane base Seefliegerhorst Pütnitz.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Northern part
Northern part
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Damgarten airfield: Runway extension
Eastern end of the runway - Initially, the runway was only 2,000 m long and ended approximately in the middle of the picture. Later it was extended by 500 m to the northeast. However, the width was reduced from 60 m to 50 m, which can be seen on the picture.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Old runway, Pütnitz Air Base, Germany
Southern part
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Inner radio beacon, Damgarten, Germany
Inner radio beacon, approx. 950 m east of the runway - 1: Inner radio beacon/marker (actually it is the Middle Marker in western terms); 2: Chain of masts in the approach sector; 3: The connecting railway leads north from Damgarten station and then turns west to the airfield; a: The white line is only an artefact in the photo and is not identical with the approach path.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Outer radio beacon
Outer radio beacon, approx. 3940 m east of the runway - 1: Presumably outer radio beacon / outer marker; 2: Presumed position of the outer radio beacon when the runway was 500 m shorter; a: also on this section the white line is only an artefact and not identical with the approach course.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Soviet SA-3 Goa SAM site near Saal, Germany
About 7 km northeast of the field near Saal is another surface-to-air missile (SAM) site - 1: Soviet SAM site with S-125 Neva (NATO: SA-3 Goa); 2: Radar site of a radio-technical company 287 (FuTK-287) of the National People's Army of the GDR
Source: U.S. Geological Survey


  • 1966
    Observation by the US Military Liaison Mission: The (Damgarten-)Pütnitz regiment has been equipped with aircraft MiG-21 FISHBED F, like the regiments in Jueterbog and possibly Altenburg. Sightings of the first FISHBED F were made in March. (Source: USMLM 1966)

In the 1970s


Damgarten Air Base on a map 1972
Damgarten Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin


Pütnitz Airfield, Germany
Wednesday 25 June 1975
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1980s and early 1990s


  • 07/25: 2600m

Radio beacons

  • LOM 25: 325 "MA"
  • LMM 25: 668 "M"
  • LMM 07: 325 "NW"

Radio communication

The call signs were MELODRAMA (1980) and SOBOL (1990).


773 IAP: MiG-29, MiG-29UB, MiG-23UB;
Target towing unit with Il-28





Landsat image from 2016
Landsat image from 2016 - Open object in Google Maps



  • /USMLM 1966/:
    United States Military Liaison Mission: "Unit History 1966"


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