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Madna

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

41°55'11"N 015°04'46"E

runway: 06/24 - 1500x..m/4954x..ft - PSP (estim. length)

Madna air field was a temporary airfield south of Termoli, just north of Apulia, Italy.
The airfield was built in October-November 1943 as one of 5 (Biferno, Canne, Madna, Ramitelli and Nuova) built in the Campomarino area by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with PSP, as part of the Foggia Airfield Complex, a series of World War II military airfields located within a 25 mile (40 km) radius of Foggia. The airfields were used by the United States Army Air Force Fifteenth Air Force as part of the strategic bombardment campaign against Nazi Germany in 1944 and 1945, as well as by Twelfth Air Force and the Royal Air Force during the Italian Campaign (1943-1945).
The name Madna, originally Madana, is a corruption of the area name, called Madonna Grande. The airfield consisted of one runway and a parking area to its southeast and was used by the 79th Fighter Group from 19 November 1943 until January 1944, flying P-47 Thunderbolts. From 14 May 1944 until 21 April 1945 the air field was used by 52nd Fighter Group flying P-51 Mustangs, the longest time the 52nd stayed anywhere during the war. From here they flew return missions to Berlin and Russia, and scored the first aerial victory over a jet fighter over Italy. The airfield closed in May 1945 and was dismantled.

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Service

Units

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

People

  • Fred Ohr

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 52nd Fighter Group
    CO 2nd FS 52nd FG 15th AF 6 air kills (1 in Spitfire + 5 in P-51C/D) P-51D s/n 44-13298 QP+Q "Marie" Only US ace of Korean Decent

  • James Varnell

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 52nd Fighter Group
    Flight leader/Operations officer flying Spitfire Mk Vc/IX and P-51B/D. ...

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 00:24:38 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/molise/campobasso/madna-s555.html

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