United States Con
stabulary Air Force

1946 -1952

Wiesbaden-Biebrich Airfield

Fritzlar Kaserne Airfield
519th F.A. BN.

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Fritzlar Kaserne Airfield

The Army Air Corps became Air Force 1948.



Control Tower

     We were called Conair. I was part of about 12 (?) radio stations of an FM radio network that called in to the net control station (Conair Conair) hourly to report our weather conditions so that if an officer in Munich wanted to fly to Fritzlar, his pilot would have an up-to-date weather report to help him decide if it was safe to fly. My call sign was Conair 14. The 2 pictures above were taken on our base airstrip. The picture of the control tower shows bullet holes & bomb fragments received during the war. Our Kaserne was a Luftwaffe Air Base.
I remember there was a plane for each squadron and/or regiment where feasible. The radio network (FM) used each squadron's weather input for flying information.
Sergeant Neil Aikin
Radio Operator
Headquarters and Service Troop
14th Armored Cavalry Regiment [US Constabulary]

Fritzlar Kaserne had their own Air Force says William Tevington.

The Air Field had L-4's, L-5's and L-23's.
Those of us at Fritzlar in early 1947 remember the P-47's on the Airfield.

Trooper William Tevington
14th Armored Cavalry Regiment [US Constabulary]

Memories by Cpl. Phil Sandoval
I checked the radios to make sure that there was air to ground communication. The planes were primarily for reconnaissance but occasionally, when the unit was out in the field on maneuvers, they were used to simulate bombing runs over other troops that were on the field also. The pilot, a young 1st Lt., asked me if I had flown on that type of aircraft, I said "NO", that I had never been on one of those small planes.  He said, "Well, I'll take you for a ride".   He flew his plane over the troops and remarked, "Well, I guess we wiped out that unit".  We didn't drop anything of course, just flew over them.  After he finished his mission, he said, "Well now I'm going to really give you a ride".  We flew over mountainous country and we flew close to the trees and pretended we were stalling.  He did all kinds of maneuvers with the plane and generally scared the hell out of me.  Once we landed, we taxied over to the tents and after I got off and I made a run to the back of the tents and threw my guts out.  He laughed and kidded me and said we'd have to go again some other time.  I never took him up on it.  Out in the field, they didn't have real landing fields, they landed on grassy meadows or wherever they could. This young pilot used to volunteer to find landing strips.  He'd fly low over what he thought might be a good strip and then land on it.  He was a real hot dog. 
 I do remember that the cargo planes used for the air lift to Berlin, when the Russians denied us entry by the autobahn in '48 & '49, would land there when Berlin was socked in with fog.  Their crews would eat and sleep there until the fog lifted in Berlin. Didn't happen too often but it did happen.
Cpl. Phil [Sandy] Sandoval
Radio Operator/Radio Repairman 
Hq./Hq. Co., 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment
United States Constabulary

U S Constabulary
519th F.A. BN.
 Baumholder, Germany

Landing in a sugar beet field.
This plane was the observation plane for the 519th field artillery battalion.

"Stinson L-5 Sentinel"
Nick named "The Flying Jeep"

The above United States Constabulary Air Craft was used for observation of targets for the artillery to fire at.
It also was used to watch enemy movements. This picture was taken in 1949. In the picture the Air Craft had landed in a sugar beet field in Germany.
 I have seen it land on the Auto-Bahn also. Our main base was called the Burg as it was like a castle on the top of the hill and was in Sonthofen, in the Batavian Alps. We had a small air field and hanger for our Air Craft. The pilot was 1st LT. Brown.

    Al Inlow
U S Constabulary 519th F.A. BN. Baumholder, Germany
I was in the 519th Field Artillery Battalion 3 years, six month's and 22 days. Later we moved to Babenhausen Germany and they built a special run way for several observation planes.

HQ 1st Constabulary Brigade
Wiesbaden-Biebrich Airfield

 (L-R) S-Sgt Gruelick (Mechanic), T-5 Wm Hutchins (Driver) & T-4 Charles Hartl (Clerk)

T-Sgt E.L.Donelson

  Cpl. G.W.Clarke,
 HQ 1st Constabulary Brigade, Wiesbanden (1948).
Cpl. Clarke's son donated the Wiesbanden pictures for our web site.