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Coordinates: 52°35′28″N 010°01′20″E / 52.59111°N 10.02222°E / 52.59111; 10.02222

RAF Celle
Country Germany
Branch Royal Air Force
Allegiance UK: British Armed Forces
Service history
Active 11 April 1945 – 29 November 1957
Part of RAF Second Tactical Air Force
Nickname "Celle"
Colors Ensign of the Royal Air Force
Commanders
Insignia
RAF Station Celle
Celle aerial 1949.jpg
IATA: ZCN – ICAO: ETHC
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner formerly: Ministry of Defence,
now: Bundeswehr
Operator formerly: Royal Air Force,
now: German Army
Location Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany
Built 1934
Elevation AMSL 129 ft / 39 m
Coordinates 52°35′28″N 010°01′20″E / 52.59111°N 10.02222°E / 52.59111; 10.02222
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 6,007 1,831 Asphalt

The former Royal Air Force Station Celle (pron: tszella), more commonly known as RAF Celle, was a Royal Air Force station, a military airbase, in Germany, situated in the south-western suburbs of Celle, Lower Saxony. RAF Celle was also known as "Wietzenbruch airbase", named after the close-by district Wietzenbruch.

On 11 April 1945 the airfield surrendered and was handed over to the British Army by a German NCO without having suffered any serious damage during World War II.[1]

Until the Berlin Airlift the airfield remained in a secondary with mainly liaison flights to the United Kingdom. After some flight movements in 1945 and 1946, no flights were recorded in 1947 and the hangars were instead used as storage facilities for furniture and tanks.[1] During the airlift missions were flown by USAF 317th Troop Carrier Wing (Hvy) equipped with Douglas C-54 Skymaster.

Following the end of the Berlin Airlift in 1949, the airfield was again used exclusively by the British Armed Forces until 1957.

The airfield was returned to the German government on 27 November 1957, and the site is now controlled by the German Bundeswehr (Federal Defence Force).[1]

Celle is now the "Celle Air Base", and home to the German Army Aviation Corps "Army Aviation Training Centre C", "Army Aviation Liaison and Reconnaissance Helicopter Squadron 100" and "Army Aviation Maintenance Squadron 100".[2]

Celle squadronsEdit

RAF units and aircraftEdit

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 2 Squadron RAF 1945 Supermarine Spitfire XIV Stationed twice
No. 2 Squadron RAF 1946 Supermarine Spitfire PR19
No. 4 Squadron RAF 1945 Hawker Typhoon FR 1B
No. 11 Squadron RAF 1949–1950 de Havilland Mosquito FB6
No. 14 Squadron RAF 1949–1950 de Havilland Mosquito B35
No. 16 Squadron RAF 1945–1946 Supermarine Spitfire XIX, XIV and XVI
No. 16 Squadron RAF 1950–1955 de Havilland Vampire FB5
No. 16 Squadron RAF 1954–1957 de Havilland Venom FB1
No. 41 Squadron RAF 1945 Supermarine Spitfire XIV
No. 93 Squadron RAF 1950–1952 de Havilland Vampire FB5
No. 94 Squadron RAF 1950–1954 de Havilland Vampire FB5
No. 94 Squadron RAF 1954–1957 de Havilland Venom FB1
No. 98 Squadron RAF 1949–1950 De Havilland Mosquito B35
No. 130 Squadron RAF 1945 Supermarine Spitfire XIV
No. 137 Squadron RAF 1945 Hawker Typhoon 1B
No. 145 Squadron RAF 1952–1954 de Havilland Vampire FB5
No. 145 Squadron RAF 1954–1957 de Havilland Venom FB1
No. 268 Squadron RAF 1945 Supermarine Spitfire XIVe Stationed twice
No. 350 Squadron RAF 1945 Supermarine Spitfire XIV
No. 414 Squadron RAF 1945 Supermarine Spitfire XIV
No. 486 Squadron RAF 1945 Hawker Tempest V
No. 652 Squadron RAF 1946 Auster V

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Traditionsbeauftragter des Heeresfliegerregiment 16 (2003). "Chronik des Heeresfliegerregiment 16 und der Immelmann-Kaserne" (in German). 
  2. Standortdienstfeldwebel Celle (2008). "Mein Standort Celle". Druckerei ABT.  (German)

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