Damgarten: Air Base

Puetnitz, Putnitz

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N541551 E0122646 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 23 ft


Former East Germany, District of Rostock;
today Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania).
Map with location of Damgarten Air Base
Germany during the Cold War

During World War II


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


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 (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)


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 (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

During the Cold War


Soviet forces airbase.

In the 1950s



- Headquarters Soviet fighter division
- Soviet fighter regiment (P. O. Box 62 313),
- Soviet fighter regiment (P. O. Box 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


  • 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 of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

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 - Open object in Google Maps



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

Airfields in the vicinity

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