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Hani Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Tunisia, which was located near Hani, "six miles east of Kairouan" (Al Qayrawan) ; about 125 km south-southwest of Tunis.

It was a temporary airfield built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, used by the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force during the Tunisian Campaign.

It was used by the 57th Fighter Group, which flew P-40 Warhawks from the airfield between 21 April–May 1943 during the British Eighth Army's advance into Tunisia from Libya, to which the 57th was attached.

On 17 April 1943, Bofors guns of the British 37th (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (with 291 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery also under command) took over defence of the Hani Landing Grounds. Planes of 79th Pursuit Group, USAAF, arrived at Hani West the following day, with the advanced party of 57th Pursuit Group reaching Hani East on 21 April. Aircraft of the 57th PG began operating from Hani East on 23 April.[1]

When the Americans moved out at the end of April 1943, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today the runway still clearly visible.


English Heritage's record description

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  • 57th Fighter Group

    57th Fighter Group

    The group was first activated as the 57th Pursuit Group in January 1941, flying P-40 Warhawks as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later assigned to the I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York. It trained in New England and...


  • Lyman Middleditch

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Peter Mitchell

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Gilbert Mullins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Deputy Group Commander | 57th Fighter Group



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