Schleswig: Air Base

Jagel, RAF Schleswigland

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CoordinatesN542735 E0093101 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 73 ft
Federal stateSchleswig-Holstein
Location indicatorDEJG (195x), EDCS (196x-1995), ETNS (1995-)
Map with location of Schleswig Jagel Air Base
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Schleswig


Schleswig has been built in the 1930s as a Luftwaffe airbase (Fliegerhorst). After the end of the war in 1945, the Royal Air Force took over the field. In the late 1950s, Jagel was returned to German administration and became a naval aviation base, used by Marinefliegergeschwader 1 (Naval Wing 1). In 1994, Jagel became a German Air Force base and home of the Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 (Reconnaissance Wing 51), which was later renamed to Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51 (Tactical Air Force Wing 51).

During World War II


Luftwaffe air base.


Map of Schleswig Land Air Base in World War II
Schleswig Land Air Base 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/)


Map of former Luftwaffe Schleswig Air Base 1954
Former Schleswig Luftwaffe Air Base on a US map from 1954 - (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

During the Cold War

In the 1940s


RAF Schleswigland on a map from 1948
RAF Schleswigland on a map from 1948

In the 1950s

Location of airfield

Map with RAF Schleswigland in 1956
RAF Schleswig on a map from 1956 - The airfield and the approach areas are protected by the restricted areas GE 57 and GE 62. The white "E" in the circle symbolizes the Eureka radio beacon, used by the British at this time. The square around the airport symbol with the "V" underneath shows an VHF direction finder. The black star stands for the coded beacons which is characteristical for British airfields. Eggebek, Hohn, Husum and Leck are not shown yet, those fields will be (re-)opened later. The airway RED ONE led from Helgoland radio beacon to Roskilde beacon in Denmark.


Royal Air Force base. The airfield had the characteristical installations for RAF airfields like a red identification beacon with morse code and an Eureka beacon.


Identification beacon with morse code SD.
No night flying facilities.

Radio beacons

  • Eureka: 225R, 235T "SD", at field

Radio communication

  • Approach 109.8
  • Tower 107.82, 109.8, 131.58, 117.9
VHF direction finder

In the 1970s


Schleswig Jagel Air Base on a US map 1972
Schleswig Jagel 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


Map of Schleswig Jagel Air Base in 1984
Schleswig Jagel Air Base in 1984


  • 05/23: 2439 m x 30 m Asphalt
  • 08/26: 2094 m x 45 m Asphalt

Radio beacons

  • TACAN: CH 55 "SWG", at field


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