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Cassibile Airfield
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 37°04′07.14″N 015°15′07.70″E / 37.06865°N 15.252139°E / 37.06865; 15.252139 (Approximate)
Built 1943
In use 1943
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Cassibile Airfield is located in Italy
Cassibile Airfield
Location of Cassibile Airfield, Italy

Cassibile Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Italy, which is located in the vicinity of Syracuse on Sicily. Its precise location is unknown.

It was an all-weather temporary field built by the United States Army Air Force XII Engineer Command using a graded earth compacted surface, with a prefabricated hessian (burlap) surfacing known as PHS. PHS was made of an asphalt-impregnated jute which was rolled out over the compacted surface over a square mesh track (SMT) grid of wire joined in 3-inch squares. Pierced Steel Planking was also used for parking areas, as well as for dispersal sites, when it was available. In addition, tents were used for billeting and also for support facilities; an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure; a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums, along with a drinkable water and minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting.

Once completed it was turned over for use by the Twelfth Air Force 415th Night Fighter Squadron between Sep 5-Nov 5 1943, flying Bristol Beaufighters flying night interceptor missions against Axis aircraft during the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns.

When the Americans pulled out the airfield was dismantled by engineers. Today the location is undetermined and part of the urban area of Syracuse.

References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975

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