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El Assa Airfield


Part of Ninth Air Force
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 32°49′37.67″N 011°37′16.116″E / 32.8271306°N 11.62114333°E / 32.8271306; 11.62114333
Built 1943
In use 1943
El Assa Airfield is located in Libya
El Assa Airfield
Location of El Assa Airfield, Libya

El Assa Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield located in the vicinity of Al `Assah in the Baladiyat al Jumayl region of Libya. It is about 140km west of Tripoli near the Tunisian border.

It was used by the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force 83d Bombardment Squadron (12th Bombardment Group) during the Eastern Desert Campaign by the British Eighth Army between 3 Mar and 4 April 1943. The 83d flew B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the airfield.

The airfield most likely was constructed from compacted sand with tents being used as support facilities. Today it is probably overlaid by the town of Al `Assah.


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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