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Ponte Olivo

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Originally built as Ponte Olivo Airport in the 1920s, the airport became base for the 41st Storm of the Italian Regia Aeronautica in September 1939. It was extensively used for the bombing of the British bases on the Maltese islands. and was the primary objective of the Amphibious Battle of Gela during Operation Husky.

On 9 July 1943, the airport was captured by the United States Army 82d Airborne Division, it was quickly co-opted for military use by the USAAF. The base was home to several units of the 12th Air Force who undertook air operations in support of Ground forces in the Italian peninsula.

The USAAF closed its facilities at the airfield at the end of September 1944, and returned the airport to Italian authorities.

During the late 1950s and early 1960s the airport was used as a private airport. Today there are little or no remains of the airfield, with some faint land disturbances visible on aerial photography of its former runways. Some buildings in the area may have been reused and adapted for other purposes.

English Heritage's record description

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