Gdańsk: Wrzeszcz Airfield

Danzig-Langfuhr

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CoordinatesN542350 E0183614 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 49 ft
Location indicatorEPGD
Map with location of Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Airfield, Poland
The history of the Cold War airfields: Gdańsk
by Bert Kondruss

During the 1920s/1930s

Usage

Danzig-Langfuhr Airport.

Operator

Owner: The Free Town of Danzig, telephone Danzig 41-441 and 45

Overview

Aerial view, probably 1920s
Aerial view, probably 1920s (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Unbekannt / Ans_05338-01-152-AL-FL / Public Domain Mark)
Buildings
Enlargement: Building on the south-east edge (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Unbekannt / Ans_05338-01-152-AL-FL / Public Domain Mark)
Danzig airport on a map 1931
The airport on a map from 1931 (Source: Internationales Flughandbuch (1931))

Airfield characteristics at daytime

4 wireless masts at Glettkau, smoke wind indicator, wind sleeve.

Airfield characteristics at night

Neufahrwasser and Hela beacons.
Glettkau and Goldkrug flashing lights.
Indicators outlining the landing area.
Illuminated chain of lights, set parallel to the direction of the wind.

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Landing area: 600 m x 1000 m

Weather station

Weather report office, telephone Danzig 41-113

Obstacles

east: Firing range buildings, height 5 m,
east: telephone wires,
south: houses,
southwest: buildings and viaduct

Installations

Hangar, repair workshop.
Refuelling: Petrol.

Customs, post office, passport:

Wireless services: Wireless telegraphy, telephone Danzig 41-441

Connections

Principal stations Danzig and Zoppot. Trams Danzig - Oliva. Motor buses Danzig - Zoppot.

Timetable

Spring/Summer 1939

The timetable for spring/summer of 1939 shows the following scheduled flights:
(Days: 1=Monday ... 7=Sunday)
2 Danzig (Langfuhr) - Stettin (Altdamm) - Hamburg (Fuhlsbüttel)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 160:
    123456– | Danzig 07:55 - 09:20 Stettin 09:30 - 11:00 Hamburg
    (15 June - 31 August 1939)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 160:
    123456– | Hamburg 11:20 - 12:40 Stettin 12:50 - 14:05 Danzig
    (15 June - 31 August 1939)
3 Berlin (Tempelhof) - Danzig (Langfuhr) - Königsberg (Devau)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    123456– | Berlin 12:00 - 14:00 Danzig 14:15 - 15:00 Königsberg
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    ––––––7 | Berlin 09:10 - 11:10 Danzig 11:25 - 12:10 Königsberg
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    1234567 | Königsberg 16:00 - 16:45 Danzig 17:00 - 19:10 Berlin
4 Berlin (Tempelhof) - Danzig (Langfuhr) - Königsberg (Devau)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    123456– | Berlin 19:20 - 21:20 Danzig 21:35 - 22:20 Königsberg
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    123456– | Königsberg 07:00 - 07:45 Danzig 07:55 - 10:05 Berlin
14 Berlin (Tempelhof) - Danzig (Langfuhr)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 160:
    123456– | Berlin 07:30 - 09:20 Danzig
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 160:
    123456– | Danzig 12:20 - 14:20 Berlin
PF177 Berlin (Tempelhof) - Danzig (Langfuhr) - Königsberg (Devau)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    1234567 | Berlin 23:25 - 01:20 Danzig 01:35 - 02:20 Königsberg
    Air mail and freight transport only.
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    1234567 | Königsberg 22:15 - 23:00 Danzig 23:15 - 01:20 Berlin
    Air mail and freight transport only.
Departures and arrivals by time
DaysTimeDep/ArrRouteOperatorAircraft typeto/from
123456701:20ArrPF177Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin
123456701:35DepPF177Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Königsberg
123456–07:45Arr4Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Königsberg
123456–07:55Dep4Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin
123456–07:55Dep2Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 160Stettin - Hamburg
123456–09:20Arr14Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 160Berlin
––––––711:10Arr3Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin
––––––711:25Dep3Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Königsberg
123456–12:20Dep14Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 160Berlin
123456–14:00Arr3Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin
123456–14:05Arr2Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 160Hamburg - Stettin
123456–14:15Dep3Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Königsberg
123456716:45Arr3Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Königsberg
123456717:00Dep3Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin
123456–21:20Arr4Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin
123456–21:35Dep4Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Königsberg
123456723:00ArrPF177Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Königsberg
123456723:15DepPF177Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin

Images

Landing of a Fokker F II in Danzig
Landing of a Fokker F II in Danzig (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Unbekannt / Ans_05338-01-159-AL-FL / Public Domain Mark)

During World War II

Situation

Danzig-Langfuhr Airport on a map 194x
Danzig-Langfuhr Airport in World War II on a US map from 194x (Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)

Overview

The airport on a Messtischblatt map 1942
The airport on a "Messtischblatt" map from 1942 (Source: mapywig.org)

During the Cold War

Usage

Civilian airport for Gdańsk until 1974.

In the 1960s

Overview

Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image 1969
Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Airfield on a US satellite image from 28 July 1969 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Buildings, hangar, aircraft
Buildings, hangar, aircraft (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Runways

  • 03/21: 1800 m
  • 07/25: 1400 m

Lights

Aerodrome beacon white/green

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 322 "AL", 212°/0.9 NM

Radio communication

  • Tower 118.1, 3023.5
  • Homer 118.1

In the 1970s

Situation

Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Airfield, Poland, on a map 1973
Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Airfield on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1973 (Source: ONC E-3 (1973), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin)

Overview

Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image 1976
Former Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Airport on a US satellite image from 23 August 1976 - The picture was taken about two years after the closure of the field. Houses have been built on the site. Both runways are still visible. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Today

Usage

Closed.

Sources

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