Marienfelde

 

View from a GDR Aircraft to Field Station Marienfelde, which was located a few hundred meters from the borderline. (in the front)


View from a GDR Aircraft to 6912th Field Site Marienfelde, which was located a few hundred meters from the borderline. (in the front)

 

6912th Marienfelde Fieldt Side at  Berlin Marienfelde in 1982


6912th Marienfelde Field Side at Berlin Marienfelde in 1982

Work together, play together

The life of a linguist or other electronic warfare specialist was far from normal. It all began with an exhausting work schedule consisting of four Swing Shifts, four Mid Shifts and, finally, four day Shifts. After those twelve days, the Flight enjoyed a three and one half day break before heading back to work again. The time between each shift was a difficult ‘hang’ period, which resulted in the (in)famous ‘Hang Parties’. These parties began after work in the dorm room of one of the flight members. Fueled by lots of alcohol, they were a good way to unwind and still stay awake to make the transition to the next shift more tolerable.

Baker Flight Hang Party, November, 1982, at Tempelhof

Baker Flight Hang Party, November, 1982, at Tempelhof

Work together

Work together, eat together, drink together…

All the flights, Able, Baker, Charlie and Dawg, followed the same routine, and this for two years for single airmen and longer for married airmen. Outside of work the flights organized other off-duty activities such as sports and trips to West Germany and Western Europe. A trip to the ‘Zone’ as West Germany was called was often a needed change of scenery for soldiers and airmen stationed in West Berlin.

Baker Flight softball, 1983. In the back ground are the tennis courts as well as the recently completed ‘Air Traffic Radar’

Baker Flight softball, 1983. In the back ground are the tennis courts as well as the recently completed ‘Air Traffic Radar’

Trips to the Rhine, Oktoberfest, Switzerland or the Tulip Festival in Holland helped to relieve the siege mentality of West Berlin.

Oktoberfest 1982, Munich.

Oktoberfest 1982, Munich.