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Torretto

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Detailed history

Torretta airfield (also known as Cerignola #3) was a semi-permanent heavy bomber airfield located approximately 14km (9mi) southwest of Cerignola in Apulia, Italy.
The air field opened in December 1943 with a single runway. The airfield was initially used by 205 Group. When the other squadrons left 142 Sqn and 150 Sqn remained at the muddy field until February 1944. When 330 Wing left the airfield was handed over to the USAAF, who improved the aerodrome to be used as an affective bomber base.
Its double PSP runway with extensive taxiway and hardstand parking areas and steel control tower were built by the US Army Corps Of Enigineers in early 1944, as part of the Foggia Airfield Complex, a series of World War II military airfields located within a 25 mile (40 km) radius of Foggia. The only known USAAF units to operate from the very large and expansive field are the 461st and 484th Bombardment Group, flying a total of six squadrons of B-24 Liberators, from February 1944 until September 1945.
The airfield remained operational until the end of the war and the airfield closed in August 1945

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Service

Units

  • 461st Bomb Group

    461st Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was constituted in May 1943 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment group and activated on 1 July at Wendover Field, Utah.[1] It trained under II Bomber Command at several airfields in Utah, Idaho, and California, with group elements undergoing...

  • 484th Bomb Group

    484th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 484th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was constituted on 14 September 1943 as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment group and activated on 20 September at Harvard Army Air Field, Nebraska. Its original squadrons were the newly activated 824th,...

People

  • Abraham Abramson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 764BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 42-52025; Mauled by fighters, #3 engine on fire, oxygen system shot out, A/C abandoned. Hit fatally by 20mm cannon shell. Killed in Action ...

  • Albert Arrotta

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Hailey crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 44-41158; hit by fighters, aflame and with three engines out, crashed Olomouc, Czech. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10650 ...

  • Palmer Arrowood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Hailey crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 44-41158; hit by fighters, aflame and with three engines out, crashed Olomouc, Czech. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10650 ...

  • John Barks

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Nick Sidovar crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 42-95304; hit by fighters and with one engine shut down, but unable to feather it, last contacted over Bratislavia, Czech via radio. Prisoner...

  • Valden Barnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 765BS, 461BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 42-50953 'Flying Finger'; A/C downed by fighters. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10677 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Gordon Behling

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 561BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer mission in B-24 42-51319 'Welcome Wagon'; A/C mauled by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10651 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Guy Bosso

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Chas Lang crew. 12 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer in B-24 42-51322 17-Dec-44; lagging behind formation, set upon by Fw190, #3 engine set aflame, A/C exploded. Baled out into Danube. RTD MACR...

  • David Brewer

    Military | Corporal | Nose turret gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 764BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 42-52025; Mauled by fighters, #3 engine on fire, oxygen sytem shot out, A/C abandoned. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10680 Awards: PH.

  • Edwin Burkhardt

    Military | Corporal | Nose gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 764BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 42-51324; Mechanical issues forced A/C to drop out of formation, subsequently mauled by fighters, A/C abandoned. Baled out, and with assistance from Czech...

  • Frederick Capalbo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 561BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer mission in B-24 42-51319 'Welcome Wagon'; A/C mauled by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10651 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2016 01:12:41 466thHistorian Changes to name
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foggia_Airfield_Complex

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2016 02:14:26 466thHistorian Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date, closure date and history
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/apulia/foggia/torretta-s575.html

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