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Tarquinia Airfield
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 42°12′41.29″N 011°44′03.50″E / 42.2114694°N 11.734306°E / 42.2114694; 11.734306
Built 1943
In use 1943-1944
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Tarquinia Airfield is located in Italy
Tarquinia Airfield
Location of Tarquinia Airfield, Italy

Tarquinia Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in the Lazio region of central Italy, about 6km South-Southwest of Tarquinia.

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 during the Italian Campaign. Known units assigned were:

Today the site of the airfield is indistinguishable from the many agricultural fields in the area.

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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