Trips / Peenemünde

trip
Peenemünde, Rechlin-Lärz and Uelzen
19 April 2011
From Lelystad to Peenemunde From Peenemunde to Rechlin-Larz From Rechlin-Larz to Uelzen From Uelzen to Lelystad EHLE; Lelystad EDCP; Peenemunde EDAX; Rechlin-Larz EDVU; Uelzen



Peenemünde Information Centre for History and Technology

On April 19, 2010, René made a trip to Peenemünde. The museum there is dedicated to the history of the Peenemünde Army Research Centre and the Luftwaffe test site, especially the rockets and missiles developed there between 1936 and 1945. The main purpose of the exhibition in the power station is to be a memorial site. In WWII, the area was highly involved in the production of the V2 rocket, until the production's relocation to Nordhausen. The village's docks were used for the ships which recovered V2 wreckage from launches over the Baltic Sea. Flight testing the V1 was performed by the Luftwaffe at Peenemünde-West. Peenemünde-West was also used for testing experimental aircraft such as the Heinkel He 176 (flown at Peenemünde on June 20, 1939) and the Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket-powered fighter. The entire island was captured by the Allies on May 5, 1945. The post-war port was a Soviet naval base until turned over to the armed forces of East Germany in 1952.

Power station Peenemunde under construction
Power station Peenemunde under construction
Me163 prototype at Peenemunde-West in 1941
Me163 prototype at Peenemunde-West in 1941
V2 rocket
V2 rocket
Von Braun with officers at the laboratory
Von Braun with officers at the laboratory
The Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum

Rechlin-Lärz

Rechlin-Lärz is a former military airfield with a long history. Construction of the first airfield at Rechlin started in 1916. The airfield was officially opened on 29 August 1918. After the end of World War I, the airfield was closed again and many of its installations dismantled. During the 1920s, the airfield was reopened as a civilian airbase, but it was soon used as a testing ground for the secret German air force experiments. In 1935, the Rechlin airfield became the official testing ground of the newly formed Luftwaffe. The airfield was expanded by constructing two more airfields: one just east of the main site (Roggentin) and one just south of the main site (Lärz), which became the modern 21st century airfield site. After several Allied bombing runs on the Rechlin and Roggentin airfields in 1944, testing of late-war planes was shifted just southwards to Lärz. On April 10, 1945, a final bomber attack by the US Army Air Forces almost completely destroyed the airfields. What was left was blown up by the German garrison before Soviet troops arrived at Rechlin on May 2. In 1946, the Soviet Air Force established a permanent presence at the airbase. Military usage of the airfields continued until 1993, when the last Russian air force units were moved home. The Rechlin airfield was reopened for civilian use in 1994.

Messerschmitt Me 210
Messerschmitt Me 210
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil
Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil"
Mig 27s at Rechlin-Larz
Mig 27s at Rechlin-Lärz
Russians leaving Rechlin-Larz in 1993
Russians leaving Rechlin-Lärz in 1993

Erbrobungsstelle Rechlin
More: The history of Rechlin-Lärz and the aircraft tested there

Link: Luftfahrttechnisches Museum Rechlin



From Lelystad to Peenemünde

As valid when this trip was made, Peenemünde airport is open from 15 May until 15 October, 10:00 to 18:00 local time. Other times require prior permission. The airport has a 2400m concrete runway (13/31). The traffic circuit is at 800' west of the runway (right-hand runway 13). A bicycle can be rented at the airport. The distance from the airport to the technical museum is 2 kilometer.

Rene at Lelystad
René at Lelystad
Approaching Peenemunde
Approaching Peenemünde
Peenemunde airport office
Peenemünde airport office
Near the Technical museum
Near the Technical museum
Power station
Power station
Model of Peenemünde
Model of Peenemünde
Rene with a V2 rocket
René with a V2 rocket
Technical museum
Technical museum



From Peenemünde to Rechlin-Lärz

Over the Peenemünde area after take-off
Over the Peenemünde area after take-off
Rene at Peenemunde airport
René at Peenemünde airport
Final runway 07 Rechlin-Larz airport
Final runway 07 Rechlin-Lärz airport
Rene at Rechlin-Larz airport
René at Rechlin-Lärz airport



From Rechlin-Lärz to Uelzen

Rechlin-Larz airport reporting office
Rechlin-Lärz airport reporting office
Departing from Rechlin-Larz airport
Departing from Rechlin-Lärz airport
Rene at Uelzen airport
René at Uelzen airport
Uelzen airport building
Uelzen airport building



From Uelzen to Lelystad

About to take-off runway 08 Uelzen
About to take-off runway 08 Uelzen
Back at Lelystad airport
Back at Lelystad airport


Links

Rechlin-Laerz
Erbrobungsstelle Rechlin
The Third Reich era's Luftwaffe main testing ground

Mittelland Canal, Amsterdam and Rechlin-Laerz
Trip report to Mittelland Canal, Amsterdam and Rechlin-Lärz, 11/13 March 2017


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