|Abandoned German aircraft at Gambut after its recapture by the Allies (December 1941)|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Location||Near: Kambut, Libya|
RAF Gambut (or RAF Kambut) is a complex of six abandoned military airfields in Libya, located about 5 kilometres (3 mi) north-northeast of the village of Kambut, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) east-southeast of Tobruk.
Axis forces captured Gambut on the 17th June 1941, after the Battle of Tobruk. This was a significant blow to the Allies as the airfield had been used to provide air-support to the Allied forces besieged at Tobruk. The airfield saw use by the German Luftwaffe until its recapture by the New Zealand 4th Infantry Brigade on the 25 November.
The United States Army Air Forces deployed the air echelon of Eighth Air Force's 93d Bombardment Group to Gambut on 16 December 1944, and it remained until 23 February 1943. Ninth Air Force's 376th Bombardment Group used the airfield between 3 January and 22 February 1943.
Today the remains of the airfields – deteriorating under the desert sands – are visible on aerial photographs.
Airfields at Gambut
|RAF Designation||US Designation||Location|
|Gambut Main (No.1)||LG-139|
|Gambut No. 2||LG-142|
|Gambut No. 3||LG-143|
|Gambut Comms No. 4||LG-156|
|Gambut No. 5||LG-159|
|Gambut No. 6||LG-158|
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