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. From Tatsinskaya, a Ju 52 plane would take approx, 1¼ hour to reach Stalingrad, from where it would return after a 3½ hour turnaround, theoretically making it possible to complete a mission in six hours. Tatsinskaya served as the base for the Ju 52 transport planes, while Morozovskaya was mainly used by the He 111 bombers. The fall of the airfield, along with the one at Morozovskaya being threatened, although briefly retaken by the Germans on the 28th, Tatsinskaya fell back into Soviet hands by 31 December. After the fall of Tatsinskaya, the Ju 52 from there were relocated to Salsk, while the He 111 went to Novocherkassk, the still existing airfield is located approximately 35 kilometers east of the town of Belaya Kalitva, near the stanitsa of Tatsinskaya
Volgograd International Airport is an airport located 15 km northwest of the city of Volgograd in Russia. It comprises a civilian airport built on top of a military runway. The terminal area parks 42 medium/large aircraft and 91 small aircraft, a military training unit was present at Gumrak as late as 1994, the 706 UAP, using Aero L-39 aircraft. However a more recent report puts 706 UAP at Beketovsk until 1997, Volgograd Airport served as base for Air Volga. When the airline went bankrupt in April 2010, its aircraft, the airport, named Gumrak Airport, was used by the German 6th Army as fuel and supply depot during the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942/43. After the fall of Pitomnik on 17 January 1943, Gumrak was the one of seven airfields around Stalingrad still in German hands. On 22 January, a last He 111 aircraft left the airfield with 19 wounded soldiers, Gumrak eventually was recaptured by the 293rd Rifle Division on 23 January, leaving the 6th Army without any means of direct support. Media related to Gumrak Airport at Wikimedia Commons Volgograd International Airport official website
The Pitomnik airfield was an airfield in Russia. During the Second World War, it was the primary of seven used by the German Wehrmacht during the Battle of Stalingrad. Flights originating from Pitomnik generally had two main initial destinations outside the pocket and Morozovskaya, Pitomnik was captured by the German 6th Army when it linked up there with the 4th Panzer Army on 3 September 1942. The airfield at Pitomnik was one of seven airfields within the Stalingrad Pocket after the 6th Army was encircled, the field was equipped with lights for night operation. Ordered to the cauldron by Paulus, Wilhelm Adam flew from Morozovsk airstrip to Pitomnik on 12 Dec.1942, after his He 111 landed, Adam noted, The place was overflowing with crashed aircraft and destroyed vehicles, there a Condor, here a Focke Wulf. Among the wrecks were several Ju 52s and He 111s - the work of the Red bombers and fighters, along with anti aircraft guns, the airfield was protected by fighter planes of Jagdgeschwader 3, elements of which were based there.
In mid-January, the planes of the group were ordered to leave the pocket. The airfield was used to fly out the female hospital staff of the 6th Army. Male medical staff were not permitted to leave, the edges of the runway were filled with wounded German soldiers whose conditions were deemed not serious enough for evacuation, and only ambulatory cases were actually evacuated by air. From 15 January, Pitomnik came under fire of the Red Army. Karpovka had already fallen on 13 January and alongside Pitomnik, four other airfields fell on 17 January, Gumrak eventually fell on 23 January, leaving the 6th Army without any means of direct support. As of 2009, the location of the Pitomnik Airfield is used as farmland