Rosignano Airfield

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Rosignano Airfield
Twelfth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Part of Twelfth Air Force
Coordinates43°24′20.30″N 010°28′26.11″E / 43.4056389°N 10.4739194°E / 43.4056389; 10.4739194
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built1944
In use1944-1945
Rosignano Airfield is located in Italy
Rosignano Airfield
Rosignano Airfield
Location of Rosignano Airfield, Italy

Rosignano Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Italy, located near the comune of Rosignano Marittimo in the Province of Livorno in Tuscany.

The area was captured by the Fifth Army in the early summer of 1944, and the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force in 1945 during the Italian campaign. Known units assigned were:

Operations included defensive patrols of Naples, Leghorn (Livorno), Pisa and Florence. Also provided air defense of Fifth Army operations and intruder sweeps of the Po Valley in Northern Italy.
4th, 7th, 8th, 51st, 517th TC Squadrons, C-47 Skytrain
84th, 85th, 86th, 97th, Bomb Squadrons, A-26 Invader
16th, 17th, 18th, 35th TC Squadrons, C-47 Skytrain
859th Bomb Squadron, B-24 Liberator
Engaged in special operations assigned to Fifteenth Air Force.

The 457th Air Service Squadron provided base support functions for the station, and the 904th Base Security Battalion provided security for the airfield and ground station.

The USAAF ended its operations at Rosignano about 30 September 1945 when the 117th Army Airways Communications Squadron closed its facility on the station. Today there is little or no evidence of the airfield, as the land has been returned to agricultural use.

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.
  • USAFHRA Records Search, Rosignano

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