Frankfurt/M: Rhein/Main Air Base, Airport

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Coordinates: N500213 E0083350 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location Indicator: DDFR (195x, civ), DBRM (195x, mil), EDDF (civ), EDAF (mil)

Location

Federal State of Hessen (Hesse).
Map with location of Frankfurt Rhein/Main Air Base
Germany during the Cold War
Map

General

The Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport was established in the 1930s as a replacement for the Frankfurt-Rebstock Airport, which became too small. In the Second World War the field was used by the German Luftwaffe. In 1945 it was occupied by US troops, who set up the Rhein/Main Air Base of the US Air Force here. In 1948/49, Rhein/Main played an important role during the Berlin Airlift and served as an important logistics hub for US troops in Germany and Europe in the following years. In 2005, the Air Base was closed and the site is now used for further expansion of the Frankfurt international airport.

During the 1930s

Overview

Historic map of Rhein/Main airport
The old Rhein/Main airport on a US map from 1952 - (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)
Historic map Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport northern side
Enlargement: Installations on the northern side
Frankfurt Rhein/Main airship hangar
Enlargement: One of the two airship hangars
Historic map of old Rhein/Main railway station, Zeppelin-Siedlung (now Zeppelinheim) and Mitteldick
Enlargement: The railway station Lufthafen Rhein/Main, the Zeppelin-Siedlung settlement (now Zeppelinheim) and Mitteldick - railway station Lufthafen Rhein/Main, Zeppelin-Siedlung settlement (now Zeppelinheim)Mitteldick

Images

Aerial picture: Construction of the airship hangar Frankfurt Rhein/Main (1935)
Aerial picture: Construction of the airship hangar? (1935)
Aerial picture: Airship hangar construction site
Enlargement: Airship hangar construction site
Frankfurt Rhein/Main Airport airship hangar 1935
Airship hangar 1935
Picture of Frankfurt Rhein/Main Airport with airship hangar and autobahn, ca. 1939
Airport with airship hangar and autobahn.

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe airfield

Situation

Map with Rhein/Main Luftwaffe airfield in World War II
Frankfurt Rhein/Main airfield shown as "Mitteldick" in World War II on a US map from 1944 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)

During the Cold War

Usage

Airport and US Air Force base.

In the 1940s

Images

Picture of Douglas C-47 and C-54 of US Air Force during Berlin Airlift at Frankfurt Rhein Main
Douglas C-47 and C-54 of the US Air Force (USAF) during the Berlin Airlift in 1949 - (Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-064-08A / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport during the Berlin Airlift in 1949
Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport during the Berlin Airlift in 1949 - (Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-064-19A / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
USAF aircraft at Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport during the Berlin Airlift in 1949
USAF aircraft at Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport during the Berlin Airlift in 1949 - (Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-064-18A / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

In the 1950s

Situation

Historic approach map of Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport from 1951
Rhein/Main airport on a approach map from 1951 - Also shown are the nearby airfields Rebstock and Eschborn

Overview

Airfield field 1951 with autobahn, railway siding
Map from 1951 - Visible between the two runways are the hardstand areas which were typical for US airfields after the Second World War. The civilian facilities in the north are small. The railway siding from the south still runs westwards to the north.
Airport map with runways, taxiways, 1956
Map from 1956 - From the civilian northern part, taxiways were built to the ends of the runway 07L/25R

In the 1960s

Overview

Map of Frankfurt Airport 1960
Map from 1960 - In the meantime, the northern runway has been extended to a length of 3,600 m (11811 ft)
Map of Frankfurt Airport 1967
Map from 1967 - Now the northern runway has a length of 3,900 m (12,795 ft) and the southern runway 3,750 m (12,303 ft). The installations have been significantly expanded.

Airbase map from 1966

The Air Base was a city of its own, with shops, schools, driver school, hotel, veterinarian clinic, theater and mortuary office. The following building plan is evidence of its extensive facilities.
Air base map west
Air base map east
Buildings
OfficeGrid square, building
2Security and Law Enforcement Division - Pass Section (Main Gate)
12Detachment 0409, 7410th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron
13Flight Operations Division
14Equipment Management Branch - Personel & Survival Equipment Section
21European Security Region Flight Section; 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Group (MAC) - Inflight Servicing; 6916th Security Squadron - European Security Region Flight Section
22439th Materiel Squadron (MAC) - Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Control, Standardization, Flight Test, Training, Air Evac Maintenance, Enroute Maintenance
25439th Materiel Squadron (MAC) - Commander
27Military Terminal; 21st AF (MAC), Det 6; 31st Weather Squadron, Det 25; 439th Military Airlift Group (MAC) - Commander, Airlift Command Post, OJT, Operations; 55th Military Airlift Squadron (MAC) - Navigation Section; 1945 Communications Squadron (AFCS) - Teletype Section ACP (MAC); 7310th Air Base Group - Office of Safety; Fire Department Dispatcher: Base Operations Division; Rod & Gun Club Annex; Terminal Base Exchange; Snack Bar
30US Army Medical Regulating Office Europe, 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Group (MAC); 55th Military Airlift Squadron (MAC)
32Crash Station; Fire Protection Division
34Generator Station 3; Fire Prevention Inspection
37USAFE Munitions Calibration Branch; 7310th Air Base Group - Photo Lab
43Air Freight, Joint Cargo ATCO
48439th Air Terminal Squadron (MAC) - Fleet Service
49439th Materiel Squadron (MAC) - Maintenance Control, Maintenance Administrative, Analysis Records & Reports, FSS
55Washrack Hangar
64Chief of Maintenance - Dope and fabrication shop
66Chief of Maintenance - Materiel Control Officer, Work Order Section
69Aircraft Maintenance; Chief of Maintenance; Flight Line Maintenance
71Utility Personnel Unit; Janitors and Stokers
80Hangar
81Hangar; Chief of Maintenance - Periodic Maintenance, Chief of Supply - Engine Manager
83Hangar; 439th Materiel Squadron (MAC) - Rotational C-124 Maintenance; Phase Dock C-118 & C-131, HPO Dock C-124
84Hangar; Chief of Maintenance - Engine Build-up, Machine Shop
1017310th Air Base Group - Communications Center; 1945 Communications Squadron (AFCS); 7370th Flight Service Squadron - Command Post, Frankfurt Flight Service Center, USAF Central NOTAM Facility; Telephone Services; Teletype Section
1027310th Air Base Group - Headquarters, Comptroller, Judge Advocate; Deputy Commander for Materiel; Deputy Commander for Operations; Plans and Programs Division; Deputy Commander for Services; Manpower Control Office; Conference Room; Gateway Newspaper
105Rocket Airmen's Club and Open Mess
110Frankfurt Aerial Port of Embarkation (FAPOE); Joint Passenger ATCO; 21st Replacement Battalion; 42nd Military Police Detachment (Customs); 7025th Air Postal Group - FAPOE Postal Unit; Office of Transportation; Traffic Management Office; Traffic Management Office - Passenger Travel; Aircraft Passenger Information; American Red Cross; Barber Shop; Beauty Shop; Cafeteria; MARS Radio Station Rhein Main
125Officer's Club and Open Mess
127Gas / Service Station; European Exchange System (EES) Garage
131Special Services; 7310th Air Base Group - Headquarters Squadron Section, Data Systems & Statistics Division, Managament Analysis Division; Base Procurement; Consolidated N/A Welfare Fund; DAFC Quarters; WAF Billets; Rhein Main WAF Squadron Section; Food Service Section - Inflight Kitchen, Dining Hall #1; Central Civilian Personnel Office; Personnel Services; Airman Billets - Wing G, H
140Office of Special Investigations (OSI); BOQ's; Det 7010, District Office 70; 7025th Air Postal Group; 7113th Special Activities Group; Housing Services; Food Service Section - Bakery Shop; 7370th Flight Service Squadron, Airmen Billets - Wing J, K
1427025th Air Postal Group - Air Post Office; Clothing Sales Store; MUFAX Depot Maintenance Facility
150Rocket Club & Snack Bar; Rhein/Main Airmen's Cafeteria; Car Sales: General Motors
152European Audit Division, USAF Auditor General, Det 7000, 1030 USAF Auditor General GP; Defense Contract Audit Agency, European Branch Office
1536916th Security Squadron - Courier & Mail Center, Communications, Ground Radio Shop, Operations, Security Section
1557310th Air Base Group - Chaplain
160Craft & Hobby Shop, Library; Photo Hobby Shop; Art Shop
161Gateway Recreation Center; Bowling Alley; Golf, Bowling Pro-Shop
163Base Theater
165Base Exchange (BX), BX Shopping Center; Barber Shop; Car Sales: Chrysler, Fort, Rambler; Flower Shop
1697310th Air Base Group - Budget Officer, Accounting & Finance Division, Central Accounting Office
1707310th USAF Dispensary; 7310th Air Base Group - Surgeon
171Dispensary
173Gymnasium
184Community Supply; Warehouse 16; Automotive Hobby Shop; Toyland
187Maintenance NCOIC; Generator Station M
188High Tension Station "M"
191Water Pump Station; Utilities Operation; Electric Power High and Low Tension Distribution
194Salvage Yard
205Deputy Commander for Civil Engineering; Fire Marshal
206Base Civil Engr Sec (Shops); Industrial Engineering Analysis Division
214Warehouse 09
217Deputy Commander for Civil Engineering - Maintenance and Repair Ground & DE Dispatcher
229German Canteen
230Veterinary Clinic, Veterinarian
231Personnel Services - Supply
238Base Procurement - Contract Maintenance Office
240Household, Packing & Crating; Motor Pool; Traffic Management Office - Baggage
242Vehicle Operations
243Vehicle Operations - Accident Reporting, Driver School
246Vehicle Maintenance - Service Station
248Motor Pool
253NCO Club
259Sewage Plant
260Chief of Supply; Base Supply; Supplies Management Branch; Warehouse 01
263Commissary, Warenhouse; Base Supply - Maintenance Support Branch; Warehouse 08; Supplies Management Branch - Repair Cycle Support Unit; Traffic Management Office - Packing & Crating, Shipping & Receiving; Mortuary Office; Liquor Store
264Warehouse 02, 03, 05, 06, 07; Supplies Management Branch - Maintenance Support Section
271Ice Skating Rink
273Base Gymnasium
283Base Fuels Supply - Aviation Storage Division
290USAFE Redistribution & Marketing Activity
311Round House Motor Pool; Motor Vehicle Maintenance Section;Vehicle Maintenance
326Base Fuels Supply - Grounds Storage Division
3287025th Air Postal Group - Frankfurt Security Courier Control Center
330Coal Yard
34018th Casualty Staging Flight; US Army Medical Regulating Office Europe - Enlisted Quarters; 6916th Security Squadron
341Equipment Management Branch
343EAME Supply Expeditor, OCAMA Management Office Europe; 42nd Military Police Detachment (Customs) - Billets; 439th Military Airlift Group (MAC) - Personnel and Administration; Security and Law Enforcement Division
345Air Police; BOQ's (Transient); Pass & Screening Section; USAFE Liaison Representative; FAPOE Annex; 439th Military Airlift Group (MAC) - Charge of Quarters; Hotel Branch - Pipeline Processing; Security and Law Enforcement Division - Desk Sergeant, Pass & Screening Section; Food Service Section - Dining Hall #2; Group Personnel Section; Alert Photographer; Family Services
3477310th CAM Squadron; ; Deputy Commander for Services - Base Locator, Consolidated Duplication Center, Forms Management, Records Management; Base Publications
3487406th Support Squadron (USAFE), 7407th Support Squadron (USAFE) - Command Post
349Frankfurt Aerial Port of Embarkation - Lodge
350Base Equipment Management Office (EMO); 7th Engineer Brigade - Radio Room & Photographic Laboratory; 7310th MATRON; Military Training Division
3517th Engineer Brigade
352Office of Defense Support Costs; 52nd Military Airlift Squadron; 1945 Communications Squadron (AFCS) - Wide-Band Field Maintenance, Materiel Control
353NCO Club and Open Mess
3603189th Signal Company
365Education Center - Adult Evening School, AFIT, Airman Education & Commissioning Program, Bootstrap, ECI, School for Special Education (CHAP), University of Maryland, University of Southern California, USAFI Registration and Testing
3693189th Signal Company - Warehouse
374Go Kart Club
3753189th Signal Company - Wire Maintenance
403Federal Aviation Agency
404Federal Aviation Agency
411Base Fuels Supply - Quality Control & Training Division, Beverage Stockroom
412Base Fuels Supply - Flight Line Refueling Dispatch
4137th Engineer Brigade - Aviation Section; Base Fuels Supply
4387407th Support Squadron (USAFE) - Operations Section
441Warehouse; Traffic Management Office - Commercial Air Freight, Sub-Control Agency
4547407th Support Squadron (USAFE) - Maintenance Section
4636916th Security Squadron - Materiel
490Base Supply - Ammunition Storage Area
600BOQ's Arnold Hall
610Dependent School - Dining Hall
639American Youth Activities; Teenager's Club
704Industrial Police
T-27439th Air Terminal Squadron (MAC)
Shelter Locations
SektorStandort (Gebäude)
ABldg 352
BBldg 350
CBldg 348
DBldg 347
EBldg 343
FBldg 340
FAPOE (Frankfurt Aerial Port of Embarkation)Bldg 110
Base OperationsBldg 27
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