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Salsola Airfield

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41°32'47"N 015°27'25"E

flying field: NW/SE - 630x1700m/1900x5100ft - grass/dirt

Salsola Airfield (also known as Schifara or Foggia Satellite #3) was a temporary airfield located approximately 17km (10mi) north of Foggia in Apulia, Italy.
It was built by Italian Air Force on the south bank of a small river, the Salsola. The airfield had dispersal areas to the north and southwest of the flying field.10 fighters were spotted at the airfield on 30 July 1943. As many as 39 Ju-88 were spotted on the airfield a week later, indicating the airfield was in use by the Luftwaffe.
It was rebuilt by the US Army Corps Of Enigineers in late 1943. The only known unit to operate from the field is 1st Fighter Group, flying P-38 Lightnings between 8 January 1944 and 8 January 1945. After a brief deployment elsewhere they returned from 21 February 1945 until March 1945.
The last combat missions were flown in March 1945 and the airfield closed in April.

English Heritage's record description

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Service

Units

  • 1st Fighter Group

    1st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...

  • 1st Fighter Group

    1st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...

People

  • James Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 1st Fighter Group
    Flight Leader 27th FS 1st FG 43 combat missions

  • Donald Kienholz

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot/Bomber Pilot | 1st Fighter Group
    Kienholz was an ace with 6 victories. He went on to serve in the Korean war, and retired in October 1965 after 27 years of service.

  • Stanley Lau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 1st Fighter Group
    LT. COL. STANLEY WILFRED LAU ...

  • Everett Miller

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 1st Fighter Group
    Flight leader 94th FS April 1944 - Jan 1945 5 air kills P-38J s/n 43-28773 #67 "Martha J" Sgt Everett Jacobson-crew chief

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 01:57:51 466thHistorian Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/apulia/foggia/salsola-s569.html

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