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U.S. ARMY INSTALLATIONS - LINZ & HOERSCHING
 

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Installation Maps

1. Camp McCauley

2. Camp McCauley



 

1951

Map of Linz and US Army facilities, 1951.

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Linz Street Map


 
PHOTOS
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Linz Installations

 

Linz main square (Hauptplatz), 1954 (Donald Maloney)
 

Camp McCauley

 

Camp McCauley, Hörsching (Bing)
 

Camp McCauley main gate, Hörsching (Stan Kolman)
 

Elements of 4th Recon Bn at Camp McCauley, Linz

The Air Force period - Bldg #17, Hörsching Air Base, 1946
       

1. Salute cannon

2. Salute cannon & EM barracks

3. HQ building, South side
 

4. HQ building, North side

5. East wing, HQ building

6. 416th Night Fighter Sq hangar
 

7. 416th NFS personnel

8. Bldg #14
   
     

Hangar #3 on left (John Mahoney)
 

French Air Force transport inside one of the McCauley hangars (John Mahoney)
 

8. L-5

9. L-19

10. KLM DC-3
 

11. POL dump?

12. Unidentified aircraft

 
       

Diesterweg School

 

Former Troop "E" (24th Constab Sq) billets, Diesterweg School, Linz (Bing)
 

Atkinson in front of Diesterweg School, 65th Inf Div, mid-1945
     

Spallerhof

 

Spallerhof area, Linz (Bing)
 

USAFI Mobile Unit parked next to Hqs Building, Spallerhof, 1950s
       

1. Spallerhof

2. Spallerhof

3. Unidentified
 

4. Spallerhof billets
     

HISTORIES & MISC. INFORMATION
 
(Source: Email from Paul Laffitte)
2nd Radio Squadron, Mobile - Linz Detachment
Seems that the USAF Security Service  units were not mentioned in the history. Short Tale of these  units. I don't know if this fits in to the time frame you use for your  site. 

1. 2nd Radio Squadron Mobile (USAAF unit of the  ASA at Herzo) ????-1949. 

2. Moved to Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Darmstadt  Germany APO 175, Feb 1949 and xfered to USAFSS. 

3. Had detachments  in Linz Austria, Bremerhaven, Schleissheim, and Berlin.

4. Was the Father for the 12th, 41st, 37th RSM's Ger and 10th RSM in UK 

5. Sqdn designations changed to  6911th, 12th, 13th, etc May 8 1955. 

Can anyone provide details on the Linz Det and where exactly it was located?

1948
(Source: National Archives, Washington DC)

Property List for Upper Austria
 
Properties used by USFA in L.U.A.A.C., Nov 1948
On 21 June 1947, USFA signed an agreement with the Federal Government of Austria that became known as the "Pay-As-You-Go Plan."

In accordance with this agreement, the US Forces were obligated to pay rental rates for all properties leased by the command with values for the same or similar properties in effect on 1 June 1947. USFA paid rent for all real and personal properties used or occupied by USFA based on a detailed lease agreement that enumerated all component charges making up the total basic rent.

Exceptions to the above agreement where USFA payed only for utilities and such services as may be necessary (so, no rent), were
Austrian State Owned properties
Ex-Wehrmacht or other Enemy War installations
German external assets

Effective 1 July, rentals, facilities, goods, services and schillings (Austrian currency) procured by US Occupational Forces in Austria were paid with US dollar funds.

Webmaster note: Please contact me if you have information on which units or USFA activities used any of the properties listed in the documents on the left. I have a higher resolution scan of the pages if needed.

 
(Source: STARS & STRIPES, July 22, 1950)
Diesterweg School

In July 1950, HQ USFA announced that the entire third floor (consisting of 13 large rooms) of the Diesterweg School in Linz would be released to the Austrian government by Aug 1 for use by the Austrian school system.

The remainder of the school will remain under USFA control. The building houses the grammer school for children of US occupation personnel in the Linz-Wels area, and the high school for those in the US Zone of Austria.

 

(Source: LINFO, 22-29 April 1951; published weekly by USFA Special Services, Linz Area)


LINFO, Vol III, No. 29
 
SERVICES AND FACILITIES:
American Express American Express Office is located in the Hqs. Bldg., Camp McCauley, 1st floor, Room 121 across from Finance Office
Class VI Store Located in basement of the Camp McCauley Officers Club
Telegrams via RCA Located in the Danube Service Club in Linz; Terrace Service Club, Camp McCauley; Yank Club, Wels
Overseas Telephones Located in the Danube Service Club in Linz and Terrace Service Club, Camp McCauley
Coca Cola Bars
Snack Bars
EES News Stand
Located in all three Service Clubs in Linz, Camp McCauley, Wels
American Red Cross Located in Hqs. Bldg, Camp McCauley on first floor, Room 123
Commissary Located in Hangar No. 2 at Camp McCauley
Gas Stations Camp McCauley, located in fron of the Commissary
Linz, located at the corner of Salzburgerreichsstrasse and Wienerreichsstrasse
Wels, QM Depot
Railroad (Mozart) Departs Linz for Munich 0135 hrs; arrives Salzburg 0339 and Munich 0705
Departs Linz for Vienna 0107 hrs; arrives Vienna 0536 hrs.
 

 

Swimming pool behind the Terrace Service Club
 

(Source: LINFO, 18-25 Feb 1951; published weekly by USFA Special Services, Linz Area)

TERRACE SERVICE CLUB, Camp McCauley

The Terrace Club of Camp McCauley, has an interesting history to make up for its lack of intrinsic beauty and small size. Field Marshal Hermann Goering turned over the first shovel of dirt for the building to inaugurate the beginning of the Hoersching Luftwaffe Base, now Camp McCauley. This fact is attested to by the carving around the walls of the Panel Room.


The Terrace Club itself was the first building to be completed, and was used as a billet for the construction engineers of the Luftwaffe, while the rest of the base was being constructed. From then on, the Terrace Club had various tenants - for awhile the German facsimile of the WAC's lived here - and the ballroom was used as an exclusive room for private parties. In May of 1945, after the Americans moved in, and the camp was used as a processing station for DP's, the Terrace Club became a temporary hospital and aid station. In July, 1945, it became a Red Cross Club to end its career as a billet.

In January of 1948, Special Services became the organization in charge, and the club became the Terrace Service Club. To make it more convenient all the way around, the same building houses the Snack Bar and the PX, and is across the street from the theater - which centers some of the most important leisure time facilities on the post in one area.

The members of the "Terrace Terrors" consist of ex-Marine First Lt., "Gary" Gardner, club director and recreational directors Judy Wing, Ginny Pitts, and Lu Taylor. To answer the inevitable question as to what they do - well, Gary keeps the administrative functions running smoothly, and the rest spend their time planning programs that range from Quiz contests, ski tours, dances, parties, treasure hunts, to leg contests and spit and polish nights

The club has been closed for the last three weeks for a much needed face lifting - such as painting - remodeling the stage - new floors - and a DRINKING FOUNTAIN. The back yard has a dance floor installed and a four sided barbecue pit. The Terrace was enlarged, and eventually the whole area will be lighted.

So plan to stop by the club - they will be delighted to see you.


Work areas of AACS detachment at Camp McCauley, Hörsching (Bill Reichelderfer)
 
(Source: Email from Bill Reichelderfer)
I was stationed at Camp McCauley, Hörsching, Austria, with the Air Force AACS Detachment, from Tulln Air Base (outside of VIENNA) from March 1951 thru April 1954. It was the best tour I had. I know where some of the other Army camps in Austria were and have visited them at one time or another.

I was a ground power mechanic and I made electrical power for the radio room, control tower, transmitter site and radio range. I had six diesel generators, three running all the time. I hauled all the diesel fuel, pumped it by hand, oil changes and all maintenance. I also took care of the generator in Salzburg.

We controlled all aircraft going to Vienna. Also to Salzburg and Munich. If we went down with any of the sites no aircraft could fly. One time the range went down and I went three days without sleep because I had the truck and I had to go to haul new equipment in so they could get back on the air. No aircraft could fly in that time. The range sent out a code and the aircraft flew on that beam.

Attached is a picture of Hörsching as it is today. The transmitter site was outside of the west gate, which is the big circle and the small circle is where the radio room and control tower is. They are still there today yet. The only thing is all the telephone poles are gone at the transmitter site but the old base is still the same. The control tower is still there and being used yet, also is being used as a commercial airport today with new terminal across the field.


 
Border Crossing Points - Linz Area
 

Border crossing between US and Russian Zones - Nibelungen Bridge on the Danube River
 

The Nibelungen Bridge connects Linz (US Zone) with the town of Urfahr (Russian Zone)
(In this photo taken by a USFA soldier in the early 1950s, we are looking towards the Russian Zone.)
 
Nibelungen Bridge (Linz) Border Crossing Point
The Nibelungen bridge was originally constructed between 1938-1940, as part of Hitler's grandiose building plans for Linz which was to become the cultural capital of Europe. The bridge is the only part of the "art megalopolis" that actually made it off the drawing board.

During the Occupation period (1945-1955), the bridge served as a border crossing between the US and Russian zones - with a checkpoint on each end of the bridge. The US checkpoint, manned by US military police from the Linz garrison, can be seen in two of the photos presented here.

It looks like the border was not an authorized crossing point for US and Allied personnel.

If you served or lived in Linz during the 1945-1955 period, I would be very interested in hearing from you - kann auch auf Deutsch sein (webmaster).
       

1. US Checkpoint

2. USFA soldier sightseeing
   


Related Links:
Link - great old photos of Linz 1950s and 1950s.
Hörsching DP Camp - Displaced Persons Camp 60 was located just west of the airfield.