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Kairouan Airfield
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Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 35°34′47.50″N 010°07′34.66″E / 35.579861°N 10.1262944°E / 35.579861; 10.1262944
Built 1943
In use 1943
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Kairouan Airfield is located in Tunisia
Kairouan Airfield
Location of Kairouan Airfield, Tunisia

Kairouan Airfield is an abandoned military airfield in Tunisia, which is located approximately 11km south-southeast of Kairouan, 126km south of Tunis. It was a major Troop Carrier unit base of the the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign. Known units assigned were:

From Kairouan, Operation Ladbroke, the British glider landing near Syracuse, Sicily took place on the night of 9 July 1943 as part of the invasion of Sicily. On the night of 9/10 July 1943 a force of 144 Waco gliders, towed by US C-47, and British Handley Page Halifax and Albemarle tug aircraft, took off to take part in Operation Ladbroke – the first Allied attempt at a mass glider landing in World War II. The plan was to place a large invasion force on the ground near the town of Syracuse, secure the Ponte Grande Bridge and then take control of the city itself, including its strategically vital docks, as a prelude to the full-scale invasion of Sicily.

In addition, the Ninth Air Force 324th Fighter Group used the airfield in June 1943, flying P-40 Warhawks from the airfield.

By the end of September 1943, the C-47 groups had moved to Sicily and Kairouan was dismantled and abandoned. Today, one (possibly two) main runways can be seen in aerial photography, along with traces of taxiways and dispersal pads.


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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