Celle: Wietzenbruch Air Base / Airfield

RAF Celle

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CoordinatesN523529 E0100125 (WGS84) Google Maps
Federal stateNiedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
Location indicatorDECE (195x), EDCL (196x-199x), ETHC (199x-)
Map with location of Celle Airfield, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Celle

During World War II


Luftwaffe airfield.


Celle airfield 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/)

During the Cold War

Usage during the Cold War

Airfield used by Royal Air Force, German Air Force and German Army.

In the 1950s

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 325 "CL", at field

In the 1960s


Celle Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1969
Celle Air Base on a US satellite image from 02 August 1969
Source: U.S. Geological Survey


NDB approach to Celle in 1960. Hannover Approach can still be reached via a shortwave radio frequency (Source: USAF/USN FLIP 1960)
1966: Meanwhile, the airfield has an Instrument Approach System (ILS) (Source: USAF/USN FLIP 1966)

In the 1970s


Celle 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


Celle in 1984

In the 1990s/2000s


  • 08/26: 1831m x 45m Asphalt/Concrete

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 311 "CL", 262°/3.5NM to field
  • ILS 26: 109.1 "CL"



German Army airfield.


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