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Gerbini Airfield

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Gerbini Airfield is a series of abandoned World War II military airfields in Paternò, Sicily, located 23 kilometres (14 mi) west of Catania, near the intersection of the A19 and SP24 highways. The airfields consisted of a series of flat agricultural fields, used for runways and parking areas. First used by Italian Regia Aeronautica and German Luftwaffe forces during the Battle of Sicily, they were attacked on several occasions by United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force bomber aircraft. Later, they were seized by Allied ground forces and used by the USAAF during the battle. Army engineers compacted the earth and improved the field for use by light and medium bombers. Also a tent encampment was established for ground support and for station infrastructure. Twelfth Air Force units stationed at Gerbini were:
47th Bombardment Group, 20–24 August 1943, A-20 Havoc
12th Bombardment Group, 22 August-2 November 1943, B-25 Mitchell
60th Troop Carrier Group, 20 October 1943 – 5 March 1944, C-47 Skytrain
When the C-47s moved out at the end of 1944, the airfield was dismantled and returned to its owners. A runway is still present, though the cement is broken up in many places by weeds. The outline of the runway is visible on Google satellite view.

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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

  • Carroll Abrahamson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 47th Bomb Group

  • 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

  • Edward Backus

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot - 97th Bombardment Wing Commander | 12th Bomb Group
    Edward N. Backus was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1906. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1924 and attended the University of Oklahoma and Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1929. ...

  • George Baggs

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

  • Charles Barr

    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

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Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 02:59:59 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

https://www.google.com/maps/place/37°27'52.4%22N+14°52'22.0%22E/@37.464544,14.872778,5719m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d37.464544!4d14.872778?hl=en
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerbini_Airfield

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