Cervia Air Force Base
|Cervia Air Force Base
|F-16-ADF of the Italian Air Force|
|IATA: none – ICAO: LIPC
|Elevation AMSL||18 ft / 5 m|
Cervia Air Force Base (ICAO: LIPC) is an air base of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare). It is located in northern Italy, approximately 6 km (3.2 NM) southwest of Cervia, in the province of Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna).
It is the home base of the 5th Stormo Caccia Intercettori, which flies a license-built version of the Lockheed Martin F-16 Falcon. It is also a NATO air base, which hosts deployed aircraft from the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, and other NATO air forces on a routine basis.
During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force 79th Fighter Group, flying combat operations with P-47 Thunderbolts. The 79th used the airfield from 20 March until July 1945. The airfield was also used by the RAF's 112 Squadron late in World War II, from February 1945 to May 1945. The 15 Squadron SAAF also used this air field from December 1944 until May 1945.
- Airport information for LIPC from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. Abingdon: Purnell Book Services Ltd., 1976. no ISBN.
- Rickard, J (2 November 2009), No. 15 Squadron (SAAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/SAAF/15_wwII.html