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Bari

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Bari Airfield[3] (now Bari International Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Bari) (IATA: BRI, ICAO: LIBD))
Located approximately 7km west of Bari.

41°08′19.41″N 016°45′41.24″ECaptured Regia Aeronautica airfield used by Fifteenth Air Force as command and control facility, using airfield for reconnaissance and liaison units. Last USAAF unit left in September 1945 and airfield turned over to Allied Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force (Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, or ACI). Military airfield until the late 1960s when opened for civilian airline use. Today evidence of wartime use still visible in older military airfield area. HQ Fifteenth Air Force, 1 December 1943-15 September 1945XII Bomber Command, December 1943-4 January 194455th Bombardment Wing, 9 July-9 September 1945305th Bombardment Wing, March–December 1944306th Fighter Wing, 15–27 January 1944307th Bombardment Wing, 15 January-15 June 19445th Reconnaissance Group, (F-5 (P-38) Lightning), 11 October 1944-October 1945

English Heritage's record description

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Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 154th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

    154th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

    Squadron
    Formed from an Arkansas National Guard unit, it was designated 154th Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 154th Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter) on 31 May 1943; 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 Nov 1943; and then 154th Weather Reconnaissance...

Aircraft

  • 41-24438

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MAD 9/7/42; with Franklin Gillespie, at Duncan Fd, TX 25/7/42; with E.L. Chrisman force landed Lowry, CO 39/7/42; Bangor 3/8/42; Colorado Springs 29/8/42; Assigned 15PRS/3PRG Membury, UK. 7/9/42; Steeple Morden, UK. 27/10/42; transferred 12AF...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 01:23:42 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

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

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