Field Stations Europe
Initial AN/TRD-4A Site.
Charlie Schelke, one of the earlier detachlment members.
Scotch1, 2nd? or ? detachment dog.
Black and white photos from Dave Black. The two color photos above from FS Augsburg org -- not sure who originally posted.
Handorf DF Detachment Germany
"This site was originally near the autobahn crossing to Berlin at Helmstedt. I was stationed at the Lubeck DF site, on my 2nd hitch. (My first hitch was at the DF site in Lubeck 58-60) When the Handorf site was established - I think in spring 62, I was sent down there. The original site chief was an SFC named Bailey. When he went home, I inherited the job. I was first a SP5, acting SGT, then SSG - MOS at the time was 056, I think."
Looks to be a TRD-15 or dismounted TRD-23. Not the original equipment set up on this site. Originaly published on FSAugsburg org by Bill Jacobson - used by permission of FSAugsburg org
"We set the site up on an unused portion of land controlled by the Dutch Air Force, who were running a Nike Ajax and Herc missle detatchment. We had an average of 8 df operatorss, 1 sig maintainance type, and a visiting mechanic from Rothwesten who would come up and work on generators/vehicles when needed. I don't remember the name of the equipment, but it was pretty primative; had 4 antennas. We had the main deuce & a half mounted hut, a transmitter hut, a maintenance van, a 3/4 ton truck and a jeep. We had a lot of accuracy problems due to the great amount of aircraft landing steel that was buried there. Seems like we were running calibrations with a portable transmitter all the time." ~~Originally published on the FS Augsburg org web site by Dave Black. Used with permission.
More from Dave Black
We lived in the village of Handorf, in the Hotel Deutscher Vater, Hotel Handorfer Hof, or Hotel Venneman. We spent time drinking with the Dutch at their little NCO club, drinking at the pubs in Handorf, in Munster - I hung out with the Brits at Oxford Barracks, going to the British Forces Kino in Munster. The food was good, the bier was great and all of us made a lot of friends in the village. I have been back to Handorf a couple of times, in the 70s and in 87. Both times I ran into people who I remembered from those days- one German fellow I drank with when he was an appentice baker in 62 owned his own bakery in Handorf in 87! I was there till 64, when I went back to Rothwesten. We assigned as an attachment of the 184th ASA co.