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Vincenzo

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Vincenzo air field was a temporary airfield 9km west of Barletta in Puglia, Italy.
The airfield was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in late September 1943. It was used by Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Force fighter and light/medium bombardment units. Known units to have been stationed at the airfield were:
47th Bombardment Group, flying A-20 Havocs from 15 October 1943 until 10 January 1944.
82d Fighter Group, flying P-38 Lightnings from 11 January until 30 August 1944.
321st Bombardment Group, flying B-25 Mitchells from 14 January until February 1944.
1st Fighter Group, flying P-38 Lightnings from 8 January until 21 February 1945.
325th Fighter Group, flying P-51 Mustangs, July until 9 October 1945.
The last combat operations were flown in February 1945. It was then used by 542d Air Service Group until October 1945 when closed.

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

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...

  • 82nd Fighter Group

    82nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 82nd Fighter Group flew training missions from bases in Northern Ireland with the Eighth Air Force between October and December 1942. They then joined the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, supporting the ground invasion of Tunisia, Sicily and...

People

  • James Hunt

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

Aircraft

  • 42-29790

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Smoky Hill 12/3/43; Assigned 348BS/99BG Navarin 6/6/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 12/11/43; transferred 122BS/1FG Tunis 8/10/44, then Vincenzo, It.; taxi accident with Ed Clare at Salvaged Sota, It 26/12/44;....

  • 44-6775

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 6/11/44; Dow Fd 26/11/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 6/12/44; t/o accident with Bob Fuchs, force landed Vincenzo A/fd, It 13/7/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 14/12/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 02:05:56 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, history and media associations
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/apulia/barletta-andria-trani/vin...

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