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Lecce Airfield
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Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 40°21′21.72″N 018°13′57.51″E / 40.3560333°N 18.2326417°E / 40.3560333; 18.2326417
Built 1943
In use 1943-1945
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Lecce Airfield is located in Italy
Lecce Airfield
Location of Lecce Airfield, Italy

Lecce Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Italy, which is located approximately 5km southeast of Lecce in the Salentine Peninsula. Built in 1943 by United States Army Engineers, the airfield was primarily a Fifteenth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy bomber base used in the strategic bombing of Germany. Lecce was also used by tactical aircraft of Twelfth Air Force in the Italian Campaign.

Known units assigned to the airfield were:

Closed after the war, Lecce Airfield today is a collection of agricultural fields, with its main runway clearly visible in aerial photography. Large areas of disturbed land indicate the remains of some wartime features also some of the former taxiways have been reduced to single-lane farm roads, however the vast majority of the airfield and ground station have been redeveloped.

As of 2009, some flying activity has returned to the field through the Vega Aeroclub of Lecce. [[1]] The A/D should not be confused with Lepore Airport just a few miles to the east, still less with the Galatina military Air Force Base to the south of the city.

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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