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Valtone Airfield
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 42°15′13.25″N 011°42′23.59″E / 42.2536806°N 11.7065528°E / 42.2536806; 11.7065528 (Approximate)
Built 1944
In use 1944
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Valtone Airfield is located in Italy
Valtone Airfield
Location of Valtone Airfield, Italy

Valtone Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield, located approximately 4km west of Tarquinia (Provincia di Viterbo, Lazio), Italy, about 70km northwest of Rome.

It was an all-weather temporary field built by the XII Engineer Command using a graded earth compacted surface, with prefabricated hessian (burlap) surfacing (PHS). PHS was made of an asphalt-impregnated jute 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 support facilities; an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure; a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums; drinkable water and a 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 415th Night Fighter Squadron between 17 Jun-9 Jul 1944, flying Bristol Beaufighters.

When the Americans pulled out, the airfield was dismantled by engineers. Today the location of the airfield is partially a golf course bisected by a road with the outline of its former main runway on the other side in a pasture.

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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