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Ponte Galeria Airfield
12th USAAF.png
Part of Twelfth Air Force
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 41°49′47.96″N 012°20′09.34″E / 41.8299889°N 12.3359278°E / 41.8299889; 12.3359278
Built 1943
In use 1943-1944
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Ponte Galeria Airfield is located in Italy
Ponte Galeria Airfield
Location of Ponte Galeria Airfield, Sicily

Ponte Galeria Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Italy, located approximately 11km northeast of Fiumicino, 15km west-southwest of Rome.

It was an all-weather temporary field built by the United States Army Air Force XII Engineer Command using a graded earth compacted surface, with a prefabricated hessian (burlap) surfacing known as PHS. PHS was made of an asphalt-impregnated jute which was rolled out over the compacted surface over a square mesh track (SMT) grid of wire joined in 3-inch squares. Pierced Steel Planking was also used for parking areas, as well as for dispersal sites, when it was available. In addition, tents were used for billeting and also for support facilities; an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure; a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums, along with a drinkable water and minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting.

Once completed it was turned over for use by the Twelfth Air Force 47th Bombardment Group.

The 47th first arrived at the airfield on 10 Jun 1944, flying A-20 Havoc aircraft. The group stayed briefly, moving to Ombrone Airfield on 27 Jun.

When the 47th pulled out, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today, the airfield is now reclaimed by agriculture, with little or no evidence of its existence.

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.

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