Wittmundhafen: Air Base

Wittmund

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Coordinates: N533253 E0074007 (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps
Elevation: 26 ft
Location Indicator: EDNT (-1995), ETNT (1995-)

Location

Germany during the Cold War

Location of airfield

8 km west-southwest of Wittmund.

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe airfield.

Overview

The remains of the former Wittmundhafen air base on a US map from 1954 - The old runway system is clearly visible. Notable is the trail of the very long runway with a length of about 2900 m in approximate east-west direction. It is mentioned in the text below about the 1954 airfield survey (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

During the Cold War

Usage

Luftwaffe airbase.

In the 1950s

Airfield Survey in 1954

In 1953 and 1954, survey tours took place in the Federal Republic of Germany to identify future air bases for the German Air Force. Old airfields were visited and assessed, if a field can be used, if technical facilities and housing are available und if an extension of the runway up to 2500 m (8203 ft) or 3000 m (9843 ft) is possible.
For "Wittmundhaven" was found in 1954: The old movement area 1600 m x 500 m (5250 ft x 1641 ft) is fully used agriculturally. Three former runways are completely destroyed, one of them 3000 m; no quarters; 5 smaller hangars, each with 400 m² were converted to a homestead; there are supply or aeronautical installations. The field cannot be used, but a new runway would be possible up to 3000 m (9843 ft); all installations needs to be rebuild.
In a distance of 5 km, an additional airfield 3000 m x 500 m (9843 ft x 1641 ft) at the former operational airfield Brokzetel is available, currently used agriculturally.

In the 1970s

Situation

Wittmundhafen 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/)

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1971:
  • NDB: 250 "WM", 262°/4.2NM to fld

In the 1980s

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 08/26: 2440 m x 30 m Asphalt

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1990:
  • TACAN: CH101 "WTM", 262°/2.1NM to fld

Radar

ASR, PAR (1990)

Radio communication

Call sign: "WITTMUND" (1990)

Units

JG 71 F-4F (1990)

Today

Usage

Luftwaffe airbase.

Links

Bibliography

  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Allied map

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