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San Severo Airfield

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Abandoned, was located approximately 40km north-northwest of Foggia,

41°41′17.78″N 015°22′49.92″E (Location undetermined)Temporary airfield used primarily by Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Force reconnaissance units. Built by COE in late September 1943; last combat operations flown in March 1945. Airfield closed in September 1945. Today is agricultural area with little or no evidence of its existence in aerial photography of area. 90th Reconnaissance Wing, 1 December 1943-4 April 19453d Reconnaissance Group, (Various recon aircraft), 8 December 1943-4 January 19445th Reconnaissance Group, (Various recon aircraft), 8 December 1943-11 October 194431st Fighter Group, (P-51 Mustang), 2 April 1944-3 March 1945

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Service

Units

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

People

  • Edward Borkowski

    Military | 31st Fighter Group

  • John Felton

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Joined RCAF 1940, Assigned to 185 Sqn RAF Malta defense. 50 missions. Credited 1 x Ju88 Strait of Messina. Transferred USAAF, assigned to 309FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF. Credited 1 x destroyed. Spitfires and P-51 Mustangs. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • Frank Hill

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Hill taught himself to fly gliders as early as 1937. Began his career in 1939 in the Army Air Corps. He became a flight commander [308FS] and in May-42 went to England where the 31st Fighter Group was flying Spitfires. Hill participated in invasions...

  • Leland Molland

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 31st Fighter Group
    CO 308th FS 31st FG MTO ...

  • Ernest Shipman

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 31st Fighter Group
    Flight leader 307th FS 31st FG 7 air kills Shot down by a P-38J and captured on July 31, 1944 near Budapest, Hungary MACR #7308. P-51D s/n 44-13446 MX+E "Cactus Blossum"

  • James Thorsen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander | 31st Fighter Group
    CO 308th FS first and third combat tours HQ 350th FG second combat tour CO 79th FG post War Germany Spitfire Mk VIII HL+B "Nightshade" P-51D HL+B "Nightshade IV" 3 air kills plus 1 ME-262 damaged

Aircraft

  • 43-34926 The Spook

    Mosquito
    "The Spook" - pilot Major James F Setchell and navigator Captain Jerome C Alexander delivered Mosquito 43-324926 to the MTO via Canada, England, Tunisia, eventually Italy. Nicknamed "the Spook" after Setchell's son, 43-324926 was the only de Havilland...

  • 42-106538 'Little Luke'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal mount of Lt Dale F Spencer. War weary recoded E9-A. Transferred to 307FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Wallersdorf, Germany bounced by fighters and shot down. 2nd Lt Howell, Tom Howell...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 00:01:22 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/apulia/foggia/san-severo-s568.html

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