Marnia Airfield

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Marnia Airfield
Twelfth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Part of Twelfth Air Force
Coordinates35°46′11.99″N 005°54′35.21″W / 35.7699972°N 5.9097806°W / 35.7699972; -5.9097806
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
BuiltMay 1943
In useJune 1943
Marnia Airfield is located in Morocco
Marnia Airfield
Marnia Airfield
Location of Marnia Airfield, French Morocco

Marnia Airfield is an abandoned military airfield in Morocco, located approximately 9 km west of Tangier and 37 km north-northeast of Asilah.

History[edit]

The airfield was constructed as a temporary facility, with a hard earth or pierced steel planking (PSP) runway and parking apron. with few or no permanent structures, Tents were used for ground support operations and personnel billeting. It was used for a brief two-week period by the Twelfth Air Force 86th Bombardment Group, flying A-20 Havocs from the field in early and mid-June 1943 during the North African Campaign. After the 86th moved east to Tafaraoui Airfield, Algeria, the airfield was dismantled and the land returned to civil authorities.

Today the area where Marnia Airfield was constructed is now an agricultural area, with little or no evidence of its existence.

References[edit]

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

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. 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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