|Owner||Libyan National Army|
|Operator||Libyan Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||1,014 ft / 309 m|
Martuba Airbase is a Libyan Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية الليبية, Berber: Adwas Alibyan Ujnna) base in the Derna District of Libya, located approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) south-southeast of Derna, and 268 kilometres (167 mi) east-northeast of Benghazi.
During World War II the airfield, then known as Martuba Airfield, was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Force 57th Fighter Group, during the North African Campaign against Axis forces. The 57th flew P-40 Warhawks from the airfield 16 November-3 December 1942.
Following the British victory at El Alamein during the Second World War, the airfield at Maturba, Martuba saw heavy fightin in 1942 as Rommels Afrika Korps was pushed back from the Egyptian border.
The airbase's primary use is by the Libyan Air Force, which has two sections at the base. The first section contains the main buildings and the hangars which contain Mil Mi-2 and Mil Mi-8 helicopters. The second section is the flight-line containing taxiways, a ramp, and a single runway. An Aeritalia G.222 is stored on the ramp, but this section of the base appears to be a reserve facility.
The site is also used for the transportation of oil field workers from production facilities in the area.
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