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C _k SSII?ICAT1 ~3r" : r G - 25X I Approved For Release 2003/08/15 : C RDP82-00457RO10700090008-0 DENS"' ' E ,~ _ _ y REPORT NO. INFO Al 1ON REPORT CD NO. COUNTRY Germany (Russian Zone) SUBJECT PLACE ACQUIRED DATE OF INFO. 25X1 of Oernar e 25X1 1. Between 1. and 20 October 1951, the flying peroonnel and part of the aircraft of nine regiments were transferred apparently to the US.SJJta, according to rail shipments observed. The regiments concerned were previously stationed at the airfields of FinooP, Neuruppin, Alt-Loennewitz, Dessau, arossenhain, and Drandie. The following observations were madet a0 In earl;; October, the packing of personal belongings by pilots in ? ou , ruppin,, 1 inow, Alt-Loo nnewitz, end Grosserhain, indicated an imminent trans- fer of air units. DATE DISTR. Status of Fighter Units of the 24th fir Army in NO. OF PAGES Early October, 1951 25X1 CLS. SUPPLEMENT TO nO NOT CIRCULA??RT "0.25X1 THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION Transfer of Fi ter Units into Areas Outside the Soviet Zone b? Since 3 October, reports have been received ,'ri the effect that trains loaded with air force personnel and dependents left the abovo ,mentioned fields. Sia-iilar reports have been received from Dessau on I and 2 October, c. Occupation of airfields: Fild: Date : Observation: Nauru pin: lu October all ':.iG-?15s except 6 i i left the field Finow: 3 October 15 October 16 October on airfield 1 r.TiG..15 on airfield 5 L iG--15s on airfield 4 ;'.:iG--15s Grossenhain: 15 October on airfield 9 x-159 30 October on airfield 5 M1C:-15s Brandin; 1 November Alt-.Loennowitz: 21 Octo1 er 27 October CLASSIFICATION 7o aircraft on the field airfield 5 'liG-15a in airfield 7 "1iG-15s 1sT4T t1AVY ~X NSRD AWN D1S 'r~S~[}l ~IGIN "W4, IX AIR WT- Chaagln 'C'Iass.. DecIars~'."?d Wass. CI?:~ ?~ Tn= TS Approved For Release 2003/08/15: CIA-RDP8210D457R117 0 9 -0 ai e Approved For Release 2003/08/2$XgIA-RDP82-00457R010700090008-0 I r,I 25X1 Field Date: O bservation: 15 November on airfield 3 1,10-15s 28 November on airfield 3 riiG-15s 2 October no MiGm15 on t he field 5 October air field occup ied by GA aircraft. Air force shipr.~nts observed between 29 September and 20 October included: Number of Trains 2 trains Neuruppin Brest-Litovsk Fra nkfurt/Odor 2 trains Finora Brest-Litovsk Fra nkfurt/Oiler 7 trains Grossenhain Brest-Litovsk Fre nlcfurt/(bier 1 train Alt-Loonnsrrltz DrestwLitovsk Fra nkfurt/Oder 1 train Alt-Loennerritz An;ermuende 1 train area Halle Angermuende, Some of the. trains reportedly coming from Grossenhain may actually have come from Alt-Loennew tz which is on the same railroad line. The shiument-record numbers of the two trains dispatched to .Angermuende definitely prove that these trains,pwanich? were mostly loaded with crated aircraft, remained in the Soviet Zone of Germany. I'lost of the trains en route to Brest.-Litovsk reportedly carried air force personnel and billeting equipment. Thirty-one freight cars of these trains were reportedly loaded with one aa.roraft crate each. On the assumption that all flatcars of these trains were loaded with aircraft crates, a total of 77 aircraft may have.. been shipped en these trains. F- 1 ITA s pons e, nowever.' that these trains were included in the transportation operations. * No ground ' rstllry, st f4onn of Q -o nixie regiments which were transferred were observed in operation after 2 October. These stations were observed in tperation during Fovember, however.. g.: ?hale all airfields still occupied by fighter units continued to bo supplied with fuel, no fuel shipments were observed arriving at the vacated airfields after 2 October 1951. 25X1 2, All the pertinent obeervations made may be evaluated as follows: a,, The regimental headquarters and the flying personnel of nine fighter regiments, but only some of their aircraft, were moved from the Soviet Zone of G rr.~any. b, The fact that the division headquarters and radio installations remained at their previous fields indicates that these fields will be reoccupied soon, 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/08/15 : CIA-RDP82-00457RO10700090008-0 Approved For Release 2003/08/15 2S1- DP82-00457R010700090008-0 25X1 25X1 d. The transfer of the flying personnel of nine regiments resulted in a 50 percent decrease in the fighter strength in the soviet Donn of Germany. However, it must be taken into consideration that some of the aircraft left by the transferred nine regiments may be operated by additional pilots of the fighter regiments remaining in Germany, which means that the actual combat strength of the >oviet fighter arm did not decrease by 50 percent, It may be assumed that the nine fighter regiments still stationed in the Soviet Zone of Germany have at their diepo?eal approximately 400 service- able Aircraft and pilots. It remains to be soon how soon the two fighter corps will be brought up to their previous strength. Present Status . the, r-iiThtesr Units in the Soviet Zone of G srnzany, 3. After 20 October 1951, three fighter divisions with a total. of nine regiments were repeatedly confirmed at their previous locations. 'These units are assigned as follows: 1 division in Puetnitz with one regiment each in Puetnitz, Neubrandenburg and i,ittstock, I division in Laerz with two regiments in Laera and one regiment in Parchi ; 1 division in Zorbr3t with two regiments in Zerbst and one regiment in Brandenburg, l New organization of the fighter regiments, a. There is a total of 6 fighter regiments newly Activated s 2 regiments in, 2 regiments in Koetheen,, 1 regiment inand,ts;, 1 regiment in A3..t?-Loennetz. The type of flying observed indicated that new flying personnel was prac- ticing take.-offs and landings in individual local flights with i iG.?l5s, It is not known whether the. new personnel was previously, Trained for 11iG-]$s, or whether they were given first training with jet aircraft with the units, Flights in formations of three, six or more aircraft were not observed. There are some indications that the remaining three regiments are being established at Grossenhain and rlouruppin, b. Personnel at Koothen arrived by W o trains, one on 11 November and the other on 3.5 November. . It was not determined where the personnel gradually arriving in Finow, Brandin, and Alt?.Loennewjtz had come from, c. Aircraft numbers observed with the new units indicated that some of these aircraft were taken over from the unit previously stationed at the f:telds. According to unconfirmed .nformation, ' a rail shipment of aircraft crates from the U.S. OrL) went to Grosserihain on 8 November 1951. It could not be determined Whether these crates really contained aircraft. dr, During October and the first half of. November., no fuel shipmonts arrived at the airfield concerned. 'I(,ve fuel. shipments arrived during the second half o.p~J. 'Atovonbor. 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/08/15 : CIA-RDP82-00457RO10700090008-0 Approved For Release 2003/9,8J1\ CIA-gW92-00457RO10700090008-0 ?, On the basis of previous experience it is assumed that starting with the spring of 1952 these six or nine new regiments will be ready for intensive air combat training which the nine regiments, not affected by the recent shuffle, gained during their stay in the Soviet Zone of German-:re 25X1 Corrrent. If half of the railroad cars of those two trains were flatcars, the estimated number of aircraft shipped away has to be increased about 50 to 60, which would re. 1 t in. a total of 120 to 130 aircraft, 25X1 mantes The movement of the nine fighter regiments fra:i the soviet of rmany may be due to the foliowing reasons: a. The flying personnel was returned to the U.S3i0Pd, in order to give new aircraft crews the possibility of familiarizing themselves with conditions in ^ermany, including terrain and weather features, b. The flying personnel will be retrained with another aircraft type in the lto4~,S.R, and w-lill possibly return to the Soviet Zone of GexTwny with new aircraft and equipment, c, The personnel of the regiments concerned will be employed in Korea or stal,ioned near zones of political tension, such as the Near East, This would indicate that the units concerned were elite units,, d? The aircraft crews of the regiments concerned were subjected to ',gestern influences while in the Soviet Zone of Germany and were no longer considered to be absolutely reliable. A report to this effect was once received from 'Neuruppin; the report, however, never has been confirmed, 25X1 For report, 25X1 Approved F Release 2003/08/15 : CIA-RDP82-00457RO10700090008-0