Medenine Airfield

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Medenine Airfield
Near: Medenine, Tunisia
Medenine Airfield is located in Tunisia
Medenine Airfield
Medenine Airfield
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates 33°20′59.45″N 010°26′32.72″E / 33.3498472°N 10.4424222°E / 33.3498472; 10.4424222Coordinates: 33°20′59.45″N 010°26′32.72″E / 33.3498472°N 10.4424222°E / 33.3498472; 10.4424222
Site information
Operator French-roundel.svg French Air Force
Regulation WW II Upperwing Balkenkreuz.png Luftwaffe (National Socalist)
RAF roundel.svg Royal Air Force
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Controlled by French Air Force (1935-1942)
German Luftwaffe (1942-43)
Royal Air Force (1943-45)
Ninth Air Force (1943)
Site history
In use 1938-45
Battles/wars

World War II

Medenine Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Tunisia, which was located just to the west of Medenine, 46 km N of Tataouine; 430 km south-southeast of Tunis.

History[edit]

Medenine Airfield was a French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air) facility built in Tunisia prior to World War II. After the Fall of France in June 1940, it was briefly used by the Vichy French Air Force (French: Armée de l'air de Vichy) until November 1942 when as part of Case Anton, the military occupation of Vichy France carried out by Germany and Italy, it was taken over by the German Luftwaffe.

During both the American West African Campaign and British Western Desert Campaign, the airfield was attacked repeatedly by elements of the American Twelfth and Ninth Air Forces, along with the British Royal Air Force beginning in late January 1943 with B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and was strafed with P-40 Warhawk fighter-bombers. The airfield was seized by New Zealand Commonwealth ground forces during March 1943.[1]

It was then repaired by Royal Engineers and placed back into operational service. With the end of combat in Tunisa during the summer or 1943, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today the remains of the main runway is visible on aerial photography, and perhaps some taxiways.[2][3]

Major units assigned[edit]

French Air Force/Luftwaffe
  • Undetermined units
Royal Air Force
  • No. 450 Squadron RAAF (6-14 April 1943)
United States Army Air Forces (Ninth Air Force)[2]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ COMBAT CHRONOLOGY US ARMY AIR FORCES MEDITERRANEAN - 1943, PART 1
  2. ^ a b Maurer, Maurer (ed.). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4. 
  3. ^ a b Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. 

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