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Sterparone

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41°36'02"N 015°18'48"E (estimated)

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Sterparone airfield was a semi-permanent heavy bomber airfield located approximately 10km (6mi) south-southeast of Torre Maggiore in Apulia, Italy.
Its' single PSP runway with extensive taxiway and hardstand parking areas and steel control tower were built by the US Army Corps Of Enigineers in September 1943. The air field opened in early 1944. The only known unit to operate from the field is the 483rd Bombardment Group, flying B-17s, from 22 April 1944 until 25 September 1944. It is not known until when the airfield remained operational.

English Heritage's record description

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Service

Units

  • 483rd Bomb Group

    483rd Bomb Group

    Group
    'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944...

People

  • Tommie Alfano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Asst Engineer | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Memmingen in B-17G 44-6177 'Dry Run' 18-Jul-44 hit by enemy aircraft, crashed Ravensburg; Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7099 Awards: SS, AM (2OLC), GC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Memmingen in B-17G 44-6177 'Dry Run' 18-Jul-44 hit by enemy aircraft, crashed Ravensburg; Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7099 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Antonious

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Memmingen in B-17G 44-6177 'Dry Run' 18-Jul-44 hit by enemy aircraft, crashed Ravensburg; Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7099 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Bermande

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 816BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Memmingen 18-May-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Memmingen; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6975. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Joseph Bogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On 18 June 1942, Joseph Bogan was one of the Enlisted Men assigned to the 1141st Quartermaster Company at Mac Dill Field, Tampa, Florida from the 171st Quartermaster Platoon Service Center (Aviation), the 784th Quartermaster Company (Truck) and the...

  • Bernard Boraten

    Military | Corporal | Top turret | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 816BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return Vienna 21-Jan-45; Mech failure, crash landed Kiskumajsa; RTD MACR 11539. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Bratlie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 816BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return Vienna 21-Jan-45; Mech failure, crash landed Kiskumajsa; RTD MACR 11539. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Austin Casebier

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 817BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Budapest 30-Jul-44; flak, crashed Sziget Szent; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7105. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kay Cashman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 18 July 1944 B-17 42-102422 shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed in the vicinity of Memmingen, the target of the mission.

  • Kenneth Caspar

    Military | Corporal | Ball turret | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 816BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return Vienna 21-Jan-45; Mech failure, crash landed Kiskumajsa; RTD MACR 11539. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102382

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Lincoln 25/3/44; Morrison 4/4/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 21/4/44; Missing in Action Memmingen 18/7/44 with Matt Smith, Myers, Stein, LaHurd, Venables, Pampamanoli, Doverspike, May, Marlin (9 Prisoner of War);...

  • 42-102388

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Gt Falls 2/3/44; Morrison 19/4/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Sterparone 30/4/44; Missing in Action Fornova de Taro 22/6/44 with Bill Schild, Frieberger, Ryan, Spracher (4 Killed in Action); Donahue, Ryan, Denison (3 evaded...

  • 42-102403

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 29/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Morrison 9/4/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 9/4/44; Missing in Action Friedrichshafen 3/8/44 with George Mullins, Bradshaw, Macko, Gaffney, Griffin, Danielson, Mitchley, Foster, Ross, Hosmer (10 Returned to Duty);...

  • 42-102406

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    483rdBG/817thBS/15th AF - Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Morrison 8/4/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 15/4/44; Missing in Action Belgrade 7/5/44 with Bill Lanford, McCabe, Varischetti, Macy (4 Prisoner of War); Dinovo, Sharp, Duquette, Beach,...

  • 42-102422 Catfish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 15/3/44; Morrison 7/4/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 17/4/44; Missing in Action Memmingen 18/7/44 with Tim Gunn, Fuehrer, Cashman, Howland, Fischetti, Nicholas, Frieman, Odiorne, Niezgocki (9 Killed in Action);...

  • 42-102429

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 18/3/44; Morrison 2/4/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Sterparone 17/4/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 15/7/44 with Vic Vlahovich, Bellonio, Gusciora, Ryan, Navarro, Stewart, Fletcher, Watkins, Barton, Van Deren (10 Killed in...

  • 42-102491

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Hunter 21/3/44; Homestead 15/4/44; Assigned 817BS/4783BG Sterparone 19/4/44; {92m} Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/44; 4185 BU Independence 15/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21...

  • 42-102706

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 19/4/44; Morrison 3/5/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 5/5/44; Missing in Action Hall, Aus 16/2/45 with Max Solowitz, Lillish, Dye, Short, O’Dwyer, Pedersen, Heckler, Cox, Chenowith, (9 Killed in Action); hit by...

  • 42-102836

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/4/44; Hunter 24/4/44; Morrison 9/5/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 7/5/44; Missing in Action Maribor, Yugo 1/4/45 with Wallace Moore, Giboney, Trufley, Rex (4 evaded capture & return 5/4/45); Kastenbaum, Korschuk, Sorce,...

  • 42-102841

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/4/44; Dyersburg 25/4/44; Hunter 30/4/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Sterparone 8/5/44; Missing in Action Pilsen 23/10/44 with Howard Dallman, Morey, Sandman, Poole, Hebert, Eddison, Walker, Lille, Fleshman, Deede (10 Prisoner of War);...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 11:00:34 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Connected aircraft records that have Sterparone in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 01:05:03 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/apulia/foggia/sterparone-s574.html

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