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The Air Force Paratrooper School

The area served as a glider airfield from 1934. The actual expansion as a paratrooper school took place from 1938 to 1940, training began in 1939. Parachute School 2, Parachute Replacement Battalion 3 (from 1941) and Parachute Supplementary Battalion 4 (from 1941) were located here. Paratrooper training was carried out until 1944. The graduates included the actor Joachim Fuchsberger and the boxer Max Schmeling. The first commandant, the Austrian parachute athlete Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Freiherr von Gratzy, had a fatal accident on January 18, 1940 while jumping. Some flying units of the Luftwaffe also used the space for training, such as the III. Group of Kampfgeschwader 4, whose He 111 had been relocated here in 1942 to train glider towing. Shortly before the end of the war, the 1st Night Fighter Squadron was stationed here for operations on the Eastern Front. The 1. (Panzer) Schlachtgeschwader 9, an air force unit that was supposed to destroy ground targets, especially enemy tanks, was the last known unit stationed here to destroy Russian tanks in Western Pomerania and the Berlin area. On April 30, 1945, the last airworthy aircraft were relocated to Sülte, south of Schwerin. When approaching there, they suffered considerable losses from attacking British fighters, including six pilots alone.

The Soviet air forces then stationed several fighter units here. From 1961, the 33rd fighter regiment of the 16th Guards Fighter Division took over the airfield. The runways consisted of compacted lawns. It was not until 1952 that the Soviet troops built an almost 2.5 kilometers long runway, the surface of which was paved. In the winter of 1985/86, the site was the first unit on German territory to receive the MIG 29. In 1994, the GSSD withdrew.

In 2011, most of the area was built on with over 1 million solar modules. The not listed buildings were torn down or gutted. The listed functional buildings (command center, hangars, garages, accommodations with sanitary facilities, culture and sports halls) have been preserved, but are exposed to decay if they are not used.

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