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Rocca Bernardo Airfield
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 39°08′02.82″N 016°52′16.66″E / 39.1341167°N 16.8712944°E / 39.1341167; 16.8712944
Built 1943
In use 1943
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Rocca Bernardo Airfield is located in Italy
Rocca Bernardo Airfield
Location of Rocca Bernardo Airfield, Italy

Rocca Bernardo Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Italy, which was located approximately 8km east of Cotronei in Calabria, southern Italy.

It was an all-weather temporary field built by the 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 United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force 57th Fighter Group during 17-25 September 1943, flying combat operations with P-40 Warhawks.

When the 57th moved out the airfield was closed and dismantled. Today, there are no traces of the airfield remaining on the landscape visible from aerial photography.

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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