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Jever Air Base

Roundel of the German Air Force border
RAF Jever
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) B-117

Type Military Airfield
Coordinates Latitude:
Longitude:
In use 1936-Present
Controlled by Bundeswehr Kreuz Bundeswehr (Air Force)
Occupants Balkenkreuz  Luftwaffe (National Socialist), 1936-1945
RAF roundel  Royal Air Force, 1945-1961
German Air Force (FRG), 1961-Present
Battles/wars World War II
Airfield information
IATA: none – ICAO: ETNJ
Summary
Elevation AMSL 24 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 53°32′02″N 007°53′05″E / 53.53389°N 7.88472°E / 53.53389; 7.88472Coordinates: 53°32′02″N 007°53′05″E / 53.53389°N 7.88472°E / 53.53389; 7.88472
Map
Lower Saxony location map
Airplane silhouette.svg
ETNJ
Location of Jever Air Base
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 8,184 2,480 Concrete

Jever Air Base is a German Air Force military air base, located 4.3 km west-southwest of Schortens in Lower Saxony, Germany.

OverviewEdit

Jever AB is the home of parts of the German Air Force Regiment.

HistoryEdit

The airfield was originally opened in 1936 for the National Socialist Luftwaffe. It was seized during World War II by the British Army in April 1945 and taken over by the Royal Air Force. It was designated as Advanced Landing Ground B-117 Jever.

It was later designated RAF Jever and used by the Royal Air Force beginning in 1952 as part of the Cold War British Forces in West Germany. RAF units assigned were:

  • 1952: 20 Sq
  • 1952-1953: 112 Sq with Vampire FB 5
  • 1952-1961: 4 Sq, 93 Sq with Vampire FB 5, later FB 9, later Sabre F 4, later Hunter F 4, later F 6
  • 1955-1957: 98 Sq, 118 Sq with Hunter F 4
  • 1957-1961: 2 Sq with Swift FR 5

In 1961 the base was returned to the control of the German Air Force and became a NATO Air Base.

ReferencesEdit

  • Military Airfield Directory Jever Airbase
  • Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

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