Chekira Airfield

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Chekira Airfield
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Part of Ninth Air Force
Coordinates34°06′29.92″N 010°01′07.16″E / 34.1083111°N 10.0186556°E / 34.1083111; 10.0186556
TypeMilitary Airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built1943
In use1943
Chekira Airfield is located in Tunisia
Chekira Airfield
Chekira Airfield
Location of Chekira Airfield, Tunisia

Chekira Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Tunisia, which was located near Wadi al `Akarit (Qabis); about 300 km south of Tunis.

It was a temporary airfield built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, used by the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force during the Tunisian Campaign. It was used by the 57th Fighter Group, which flew P-40 Warhawks from the airfield between 10-14 1943 during the British Eighth Army's advance into Tunisia from Libya, to which the 57th was attached.

When the Americans moved out at the end of April 1943, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today the airfield's precise location is undetermined, as agricultural fields have obliterated its existence.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

Further reading[edit]

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. 521p ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • 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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