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Mateur

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Mateur Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Tunisia, located approximately 4 km north-northwest of Mateur, 52 km northwest of Tunis. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the Tunisian Campaign. It was a temporary airfield, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, not designed for long term or heavy bomber use.

Known units assigned to the field were:
1st Fighter Group, 29 June - 31 October 1943, P-38 Lightning
325th Fighter Group, 19 June - 4 November 1943, P-40 Warhawk

When the fighter units moved to Sicily and Italy in the beginning of November, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today, some sort of military structure is visible on the old main runway, which is fenced and restricted from public access.

English Heritage's record description

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Service

Units

  • 1st Fighter Group

    1st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...

  • 325th Fighter Group

People

  • Robert Baseler

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Group Commander | 325th Fighter Group

  • Charley Brown

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 1st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 27FS, 1FG, 12AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills. ...

  • Lewis Chick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine/squadron commander | 355th Fighter Group
    Lt Col USAF retired AAC-AAF-USAF 1937- 1958 ETO Jan 1943 - Dec 1943 (4th FG & 355th FG) MTO Dec 1943 - July 1944 CO 317th FS 325th FG 6 air kills (all ME-109s) while flying P-47D s/n 42-76021 #10 "Rocky"

  • Harold Lentz

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 1st Fighter Group
    Flight leader 94th FS 1st FG 50 missions 3 ME-109s confirmed, 2 probable, 2 damaged 1 ship destroyed Post war 123rd FIS OR ANG

  • Everett Miller

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 1st Fighter Group
    Flight leader 94th FS April 1944 - Jan 1945 5 air kills P-38J s/n 43-28773 #67 "Martha J" Sgt Everett Jacobson-crew chief

  • James Toner

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine/deputy group commander | 325th Fighter Group
    Lt Col USAF retired 1940-1965 Wingman 18th PG SWP P-36 & P-40 1941-42 Flight leader 317th FS P-40 & P-47 1943 - 1944 CO 318th FS P-51 1944 Deputy Commander 325th FG 1944 - 45 3 air kills (1 x ME-109 + 2 x FW-190) 147 combat missions

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 01:47:22 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

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

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