Orleansville Airfield

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Orleansville Airfield
Twelfth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Part of Twelfth Air Force
Coordinates36°09′54.41″N 001°19′36.80″E / 36.1651139°N 1.3268889°E / 36.1651139; 1.3268889 (Approximate)
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
In use1942-1943
Orleansville Airfield is located in Algeria
Orleansville Airfield
Orleansville Airfield
Location of Orleansville Airfield, Algeria

Orleansville Airfield was a World War II military airfield in Algeria, near Chlef, approximately 170 km southwest of Algiers. It was a temporary airfield constructed by Army Engineers using compacted earth for its runway, parking and dispersal areas, not designed for heavy aircraft or for long-term use. The prevailing temperatures in the area are some of the hottest in the world, making steel planking unsuitable for airfield use.

The airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force 52d Fighter Group during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps. It operated from the field between 2–20 January 1943.

After the 52d moved out the airfield was dismantled. Today, there are no remaining traces of the airfield as the area around the town of Chlef has grown substantially since the war. The urban development has obliterated any trace of the airfield. It is unknown precisely where the airfield was located due to the changed landscape over the past 60 years.


 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.
  • USAFHRA search for Orleansville Airfield

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