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Louis Gentil Field
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
Type Airfield
Coordinates 32°17′37.37″N 008°30′06.04″W / 32.2937139°N 8.5016778°W / 32.2937139; -8.5016778
Built Prior to World War II
In use Military airfield from Dec 1942-Jan 1943
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Battles/wars North African Campaign
Louis Gentil Field is located in Morocco
Louis Gentil Field
Location of Louis Gentil Field, French Morocco

Louis Gentil Field is an abandoned airfield in Morocco, located approximately 6km north-northeast of Youssoufia (Doukkala-Abda); about 170km southwest of Casablanca

History

Prior to World War II, Louis Gentil Airport was a regional airport built by the French Colonial government, named after a colonialist. The airport was seized by invading Allied forces shortly after the Operation Torch landings in November 1942 and used by the United States Army Air Force as a Twelfth Air Force fighter airfield during the North African Campaign.

The 91st and 92d Fighter squadrons of the 81st Fighter Group briefly used the airfield from mid-December 1942 through early 1943 flying P-39 Aircobras. The squadrons moved up to Mediouna Airfield, and the airfield was returned to civil control.

Today the remains of the main runway can be seen in an agricultural field, but no structures remain.

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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