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Thelepte Airfield

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Thelepte Airfield is an airfield in Tunisia, located about 20 km southwest of Kasserine. It currently is active and in use.
It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force in 1943 during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps. The first American units arrived in late December and the P-40s of the 33d Fighter Group arrived on 7 January from Telergma Airfield, Algeria.
Thelepte was used by the following units during the Battle of Tunisia:
HQ, 64th Fighter Wing, 1–18 March 1943
47th Bombardment Group, 30 March-13 April 1943, A-20 Havoc
31st Fighter Group, 7–18 February 1943, Spitfire
33d Fighter Group, 7 January-8 February 1943, P-40 Warhawk
81st Fighter Group, 22 January-18 February 1943, P-39 Airacobra
On 18 February, the 31st and 81st Fighter Groups had to withdraw from the airfield after the Afrika Korps came within a few miles of the airfield. However American counter-attacks drove the Germans east and the airfield was re-manned on 1 March, later hosting A-20 Havocs until mid-April, when the combat was focused around Tunis and the units moved east to be closer to enemy targets, ending American use of the airfield.
Today, a single east-west runway (10/23) is active and well maintained. No structures are visible on aerial photography, however the area is fenced with restricted entry. A portion of a wartime NE/SW runway still exists. It is unclear what the present use (military/civilian) i

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Service

Units

  • 47th Bomb Group

    47th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 47th Bombardment Group (Light) on 20 November 1940, and activated on 15 January 1941. Operational squadrons of the group were: ...

  • 81st Fighter Group

    81st Fighter Group

    Group
    The unit was constituted as the 81st Pursuit Group (Intercepter) on 13 January 1942, and activated on 9 February 1942, with the 91st, 92d, and 93d Pursuit Squadrons assigned.[1] It was redesignated 81st Fighter Group in May 1942 and trained with Bell P...

  • 81st Fighter Group

    81st Fighter Group

    Group
    The unit was constituted as the 81st Pursuit Group (Intercepter) on 13 January 1942, and activated on 9 February 1942, with the 91st, 92d, and 93d Pursuit Squadrons assigned.[1] It was redesignated 81st Fighter Group in May 1942 and trained with Bell P...

People

  • John Adair

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner/Armament Inspector/Armament Cheif | 47th Bomb Group

  • Marion Akers

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander | 47th Bomb Group

  • George Baggs

    Military | Captain | Bombardier/Navigator | 47th Bomb Group

  • Charles Barr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Peter Beet

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Biancardi

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Communications Chief | 47th Bomb Group

  • Viviano Bonitatibus

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | 47th Bomb Group

  • David Breece

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • William Bruce

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Edward Butts

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 47th Bomb Group

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Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 03:10:04 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

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

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