Pont du Fahs Airfield
|Pont du Fahs Airfield
|Part of Twelfth Air Force|
97th Bomb Group B-17F attacking Messina Italy from Pont du Fahs Airfield, Tunisia, 8 May 1943.
|Controlled by||United States Army Air Forces|
A Luftwaffe-held airfield prior to the Operation Torch landings, it was the home of the 5.(Pz.)/Schlachtgeschwader 1, flying Henschel Hs 129 ground attack aircraft. It was captured by British parachute infantry forces on 29 November 1942. Once in Allied hands, it was used by B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of the United States Army Air Force XII Bomber Command 97th Bombardment Group.
The 97th moved out in mid August 1943 and after that the airfield was largely abandoned. Today some evidence of the airfield remains with the main runway being visible in aerial photography and traces of taxiways and disbursement hardstands.
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