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Gioia del Colle Air Base

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Italian Eurofighter Typhoon
IATA: noneICAO: LIBV
Summary
Airport type Military
Location Gioia del Colle, Italy
Coordinates 40°45′51″N 016°56′00″E / 40.76417°N 16.9333333°E / 40.76417; 16.9333333
Source:World Aero Data [1]
Gioia del Colle AB is located in Italy
Gioia del Colle AB
Location of Gioia del Colle Air Base, Italy

Gioia del Colle Air Base (ICAO: LIBV) is an Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) base located in the province of Bari, Apulia, Italy, located approximately 4 km south-southeast of Gioia del Colle. The base is a NATO facility and hosts personnel and aircraft of both the Italian Air Force, as well as other nations in the alliance.

The base is the home of the 36th Stormo, flying the Eurofighter Typhoon.

World War II

During World War II the air base was captured by the British Eighth Army in October 1943 and used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force and Fifteenth Air Forces. It was known as Gioia del Colle Airfield by the Americans. Known combat units operating from the airfield were:

The airfield was also used by troop carrier units working with British paratroopers (8th Troop Carrier Squadron) and also by Air Technical Service Command as a maintenance and supply depot. (41st/38th Air Depot). It was turned over to the Allied Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force (Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, or ACI) in September 1945.

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
  • USAFHRA document search Gioia del Colle Airfield

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