Wittmundhafen: Air Base

Wittmund, Wittmundhaven

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CoordinatesN533253 E0074007 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 26 ft
Federal stateNiedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
Location indicatorEDNT (-1995), ETNT (1995-)
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Wittmundhafen

Location of airfield

8 km west-southwest of Wittmund.

During World War II


Luftwaffe airfield.


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


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


Wittmundhafen Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin


Wittmundhafen Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1974
Wittmundhafen Air Base on a US satellite image from 13 April 1974
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

Radio beacons

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

In the 1980s


  • 08/26: 2440 m x 30 m Asphalt

Radio beacons

  • TACAN: CH101 "WTM", 262°/2.1NM to fld


ASR, PAR (1990)

Radio communication

Call sign: "WITTMUND".


Fighter Wing 71 (JG 71) with F-4F Phantom.

Pictures from joint US-West German the exercise CORONET FANG '89

Source: US DoD, Scene Camera Operator: STAFF Sergeant F. Lee Corkran
German Air Force Fighter Wing 71 (JG 71) barracks at Wittmund with F-86 JA-112 and F-104G 20+86
German Air Force Fighter Wing 71 (JG 71) barracks at Wittmund - Gate Guard is a Canadair CL-13B (F-86) Sabre JA-112 and a F-104G Starfighter 20+86
Canadair CL-13B Sabre (North American F-86F) JA-112 of German Air Force JG 71
Enlargement: Canadair CL-13B Sabre (North American F-86F) JA-112 of JG 71
Mission Briefing Wittmundhafen, Germany
Mission briefing at the 711 Fighter Squadron - Jointly with pilots of the German Air Force and of the US Air Force 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Pictures of Soviet fighter planes: MiG-23/27 Fencer, MiG-25 Foxbat, MiG-29 Fulcrum
Enlargement: At the side are pictures of Soviet fighter planes: MiG-23/27 (top), MiG-25 (middle), MiG-29 (bottom right)
German Air Force F-86 Sabre on display at Wittmundhafen
A F-15 Eagle taxies past a F-86 Sabre on display
A 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft takes off at Wittmundhafen, Germany
A 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft takes off
German Air Force Canadair CL-13B (F-86) 86 Sabre JA-111
Enlargement: Canadair CL-13B (F-86) Sabre JA-111



Luftwaffe airbase.




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

Airfields in the vicinity


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