Messina Airfield

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Messina Airfield
Twelfth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Part of Twelfth Air Force
Coordinates38°12′00.00″N 015°33′00.00″E / 38.2000000°N 15.5500000°E / 38.2000000; 15.5500000
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built1943 (1943)
In use1943
Battles/warsWorld War II
Messina Airfield is located in Italy
Messina Airfield
Messina Airfield
Location of Messina Airfield, Italy

Messina Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Italy, which was located just to the west of Messina in Sicily. It was a temporary field built by the Army Corps of Engineers used as part of the Allied invasion of Italy.

The airfield was primarily used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force 57th Fighter Group during 15–16 September 1943, flying combat operations with P-40 Warhawks.

When the 57th moved out to Reggio on the Itralian mainland the airfield was closed and dismantled. Today, there are no traces of the airfield remaining on the landscape visible from aerial photography, as the area has been developed as part of the urban area over the past 60 years.

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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