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Souk-el-Arba Airfield

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

The second airfield was constructed later by US military engineers, located about 4 km to the South-West of the town [3] and used primarily by American bombers.
Souk-el-Arba II was a temporary airfield constructed by Army Engineers using compacted earth for its runway, parking and dispersal areas, not designed for heavy aircraft or for long-term use.
Also known as Engle Field, it was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African campaign. Known units assigned to the airfield were:
HQ, 47th Bombardment Wing, 8 June-7 August 1943
47th Bombardment Group, 13 April-1 July 1943, A-20 Havoc
321st Bombardment Group, 1 June-8 August 1943, B-25 Mitchell
82d Fighter Group, 13 June-3 August 1943, P-38 Lightning
After the Americans moved east to Sicily in August, the airfield was closed and dismantled. Today, the former main runway is visible in aerial photography and, other than two hangars south of the runway, no buildings or physical features remain.

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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: ...

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

  • Otto Bey

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Biancardi

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

  • Adolph Bondarek

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

  • Viviano Bonitatibus

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

  • Jack Botts

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

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Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 03:18:12 466thHistorian Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

https://www.google.com/maps/place/36°29'00.0%22N+8°48'00.0%22E/@36.5002779,8.7717212,8432m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d36.483333!4d8.8?hl=en
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souk-el-Arba_Airfield

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