Djedeida Airfield

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Djedeida Airfield
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
Coordinates 36°51′44.31″N 009°55′47.06″E / 36.8623083°N 9.9297389°E / 36.8623083; 9.9297389
Type Military airfield
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built prior to 1942
In use 1942-1944
Djedeida Airfield is located in Tunisia
Djedeida Airfield
Djedeida Airfield
Location of Djedeida Airfield, Tunisia

Djedeida Airfield is an airfield in Tunisia, located approximately 10 km east-northeast of El Battan, and 30 km west of Tunis. The airfield was built prior to 1942 and used by the German Luftwaffe. It was raided by elements of the US 1st battalion of the 1st Armored Regiment on 25 November 1942, but the US forces were forced to withdraw due to lack of infantry support. It continued operations under the Germans until seized by the American II Corps on 8 May 1943. After being repaired by Army engineers, it was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign. Known units assigned were:

When the fighters moved out at the end of November, the airfield became a servicing depot of Air Technical Service Command until the end of January 1944 when the Americans left the area. Today in aerial imagery, the airfield looks almost like it did in 1943. The runway, although deteriorated, along with all of the taxiways and aircraft hardstands are very much in evidence. It is unclear what the current use of the facility is.

References[edit]

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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1961), Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Zenger Publishing & Office of Air Force History, ISBN 978-0-89201-092-9 
  • Maurer, Maurer (1969 [reprint 1983]), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force in World War II: History and Insignia, Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Zenger Publishing & Air Force Historical Studies Office, ISBN 978-0-89201-097-4 

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