waterpolodan
Topic Author
Posts: 1609
Joined: Sun Feb 13, 2005 3:46 pm

Tempelhof History Question

Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:03 am

For whatever reason, I just ended up reading about Berlin's Tempelhof airport on Wikipedia through a series of random links as often happens on that website. This blurb at the end of the WWII history section caught my eye-
"Russian troops attempted to clear the five lower levels of the airbase, but the Germans had booby-trapped everything and many were killed; leading the Russian commander to order the lower levels be flooded with water. The lower three levels are still flooded to this day, having never been opened up due to unexploded ordnance."

It is Wikipedia, so I'm not so sure this is 100% accurate. I've done some basic googling and such, trying to find details of the underground levels of the airport and whether there really are 3 levels of rooms in a perfect state of preservation from 1945, minus the bombs planted by Germans and the water of course. That would be fascinating, but so far I've only run into dead ends and reports that mention booby traps but are no more concrete than the Wiki reference... any of our Berlin residents have any input?
 
kl671
Posts: 122
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2005 10:00 am

RE: Tempelhof History Question

Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:46 pm

Have you checked out the "Berlin underground" website.? It gives a good description of the tunnels and states that they are "Intact, accessible, but in parts not open to the public". Accessible presumably means the tunnels are not flooded.

http://berliner-unterwelten.de/tempelhof-airport.319.1.html
 
MD11Engineer
Posts: 13916
Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2003 5:25 am

RE: Tempelhof History Question

Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:31 pm

The reason why the Russians flooded some parts of Tempelhof´s basements was that they found a bunker with a locked door. They tried to blow the door open with explosives, but they didn´t know that the bunker contained a store for reels of nitrocellulose film, which is extremely flammable. The film reels caught violently fire (the stuff is closely reelated to gun cotton) and the russians had no choice but to flood the whole area to stop the fire.

Jan
Je Suis Charlie et je suis Ahmet aussi

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: BobPatterson, Quantos, WarRI1 and 2 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos