Alternate namesTatsiskiy
Location3 km S Tatsiskiy
Coordinates48° 10.0' N 41° 16.7' E (48.1667,41.2783)
Elevation140 m (459 ft)
Runway1525x40 m (5003x131 ft) 092-272°T (CONC)
Military unitsUnknown

Comments and historyDecaying WWII German airfield. The Tatsinskaya Airfield was the main airfield used by the German Wehrmacht during the Battle of Stalingrad to supply the encircled 6th Army from outside [WIKI]. From Tatsinskaya, a Ju 52 plane would take approx. 1? hour to reach Stalingrad, from where it would return after a 3? hour turnaround, theoretically making it possible to complete a mission in six hours; Tatsinskaya served as the main base for the Ju 52 transport planes, while Morozovskaya was mainly used by the He 111 bombers, which were converted to transport plane [WIKI]. The airfield was under threat of being taken by the Soviet Red Army but Hermann G?ring forbade its evacuation, despite request from Major General Fiebig, who was in charge of the air supply for Stalingrad [WIKI]. On 23 December G?ring give permission to evacuate, but it was too late; Tatsinskaya was overrun a day later, with the German Luftwaffe losing almost 70 of the 180 Ju 52s stationed there and all ground equipment [WIKI]. The fall of the airfield, along with the one at Morozovskaya being threatened, brought supplies to the 6th Army to a halt until the 26th [WIKI]. Also briefly retaken by the Germans on the 28th, Tatsinskaya fell back into Soviet hands by 31 December [WIKI]. After the fall of Tatsinskaya, the Ju 52 from there were relocated to Salsk, while the He 111 went to Novocherkassk, increasing the distance to travel considerably.Part of the runway is 80 m wide, suggesting that alert aircraft were parked along the main runway itself.

Mapping linksGoogle Earth - http://maps.google.com/maps?&q=48.1667,41.2783&spn=0.1,0.1&output=kml
Google Maps (map) - http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=48.1667,41.2783&spn=0.1,0.1&t=m&q=48.1667,41.2783
Google Maps (sat) - http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=48.1667,41.2783&spn=0.1,0.1&t=h&q=48.1667,41.2783
Wikimapia - http://wikimapia.org/#lat=48.1667&lon=41.2783&z=14&l=1&m=b (Russian viewing recommended)
Geohack - http://stable.toolserver.org/geohack/geohack.php?params=48.1667_N_41.2783_E_type:city

Sources Computations and data compilation: Tim Vasquez
Coordinate data: Google Earth
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Runway data: Google Earth
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