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Lesina Airfield

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Abandoned, was located approximately 22km east-southeast of Campomarino,

41°53′43.20″N 015°17′03.29″ETemporary airfield used by Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Force fighter units. Built by COE in early in 1944 with single main PSP runway, with large parking area for aircraft. Possibly steel control tower, and large containment area for personnel. Supported numerous fighter groups during 1944 and 1945, with last combat operations flown in September 1945 and closed and dismantled soon afterwards. Today is in agricultural area with little or no evidence of its existence. Former main runway now used as agricultural road. 306th Fighter Wing, 3 September 1944-5 March 19451st Fighter Group, (P-38 Lightning), March-16 October 194514th Fighter Group, (P-38 Lightning), September 194552d Fighter Group, (P-51 Mustang), 8 July–August 194582d Fighter Group, (P-38 Lightning), 30 August-9 September 1945325th Fighter Group, (P-47 Thunderbolt), later (P-51 Mustang), 29 March 1944-5 March 1945

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Service

Units

  • 325th Fighter Group

    325th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 325th was first activated as the 325th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York in August 1942 with the 317th,[7] 318th,[8] and 319th Fighter Squadrons[9] assigned. It trained at Hillsgrove Army Air Field with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft[10]...

People

  • William Aron

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 325th Fighter Group
    WILLIAM E. ARON was born in New Jersey in 1923. He was the son of Emil Aron and Harriet Aron, of 28 West Beechwood Ave Oaklyn NJ. The Arons had lived in Pennsylvania, where older sister Henrietta was born, before moving to Oaklyn, to the home of...

  • Robert Baseler

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Group Commander | 325th Fighter Group

  • Michael Brezas

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine
    Flight leader 48th FS 14th FG 1944-45 ...

  • Charley Brown

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 1st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 27FS, 1FG, 12AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills. ...

  • Mack Bunderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055-single engine/Ground Adjutant | 325th Fighter Group
    318th FS 325th FG Squadron Adjutant. (off flying ststus due to wounds received) 44th FS 18th FG 87 missions 2 air kills WIA SWP Sept 1943. Flight Class 42G Moore Field, Mission, TX Aug 1942

  • William Cheney

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

  • Lewis Chick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Squadron Commander | 14th Fighter Group
    Commanded 318th FS Jan-March 1944. Member of the 355th Fighter Group Association. Awards: DFC, AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Gaunt

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 325th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 318th FS 325th FG MTO P-51D 23 missions Flight leader 44th FS 18th FG SWP P-40/P-38 8 air kills 143 missions

  • Gordon McDaniel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 325th Fighter Group

  • Norman McDonald

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Squadron Commander | 52nd Fighter Group
    11.5 Victory Ace (7.5 with the 52nd FG & 4.0 with the 325th FG)

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Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 02:51:30 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foggia_Airfield_Complex

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