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Diepholz Air Base
Diepholz Air Base
Diepholz Airport
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) B-114
Roundel of Germany - Type 1 - Border.svg
NASA World Wind - Diepholz.jpg
Coordinates52°35?07?N 008°20?27?E / 52.58528°N 8.34083°E / 52.58528; 8.34083 (Diepholz Air Base)
TypeCivil/Military Airfield
Site information
Controlled byBundeswehr Kreuz.svg Bundeswehr (Air Force)
Site history
In use1936-present
Battles/warsWorld War II
Garrison information
OccupantsBalkenkreuz.svg  Luftwaffe (National Socialist), 1936-1945
RAF roundel.svg  Royal Air Force, 1945
German Air Force (FRG), 1957-present
Airfield information
Summary
Elevation AMSL127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates52°35?07?N 008°20?27?E / 52.58528°N 8.34083°E / 52.58528; 8.34083Coordinates: 52°35?07?N 008°20?27?E / 52.58528°N 8.34083°E / 52.58528; 8.34083
Map
ETN is located in Lower Saxony
ETN
ETN
Location of Diepholz Air Base
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 4,209 1,283 Asphalt

Diepholz Air Base (ICAO: ETND) is a German Air Force military air base, located 3.3 km southwest of Diepholz in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is a joint-use civil-military facility, also being a civil airport.

During 1968-1996, a temporary motor racing circuit was operated on the airfield.

Overview

Diepholz Air Base was home of 2nd Flying Group of Helicopter Transport Wing 64 from 1968 to 1971. It also housed various logistical units of the German Air Force.

History

The airfield was originally opened in 1936 for Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe. During World War II, it was seized by the British Army in April 1945. After the battle, the base was over by the Royal Air Force and designated as Advanced Landing Ground B-114 Diepholz. After the war, the airfield was closed.

In 1957, the base was returned to the control of the German Air Force and became a NATO Air Base.

In October 2011, the German Federal Ministry of Defence announced a reorganisation/reduction of the German Armed Forces. As a consequence, the number of personnel stationed at Diepholz Air Base was reduced from 1,020 to 110, with the airbase facilities being only used as a material storage site.[1]

Racing circuit

German racing suffered from a lack of permanent circuits after the war, and airfield venues sprang up to bolster events at the Nürburgring and Hockenheim. Diepholz was among the most popular and long-lasting. In 1968, the local motorsport-club AMC Diepholz organized the first "ADAC-Flugplatzrennen Diepholz" on the airfield. The circuit utilised the airfield runways linked by fast chicanes, lined by water-filled oil barrels and tyre stacks.

These races soon gathered momentum and in 1972 Diepholz was added to the prestigious DRM touring car championship. Throughout the rest of the 1970s, tin-top stars such as Frank Gardner, Hans Heyer, Toine Hezemans, Helmut Kelleners, Klaus Ludwig and Bob Wollek battled it out in BMWs, Porsches and Fords.

In 1998 it was replaced by a new permanent circuit at Oschersleben.

References

  1. ^ Quoted from Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (26 October 2011), Neues Stationierungskonzept der Bundeswehr (in German), retrieved 2011, PDF-file "Die Stationierung der Bundeswehr in Deutschland", passim

Further reading

  • 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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