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Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Belandah was constucted by Axis Air Forces in 1941. It consisted of two airfields, about 2.5 miles apart. After the Axis defeat in Egypt during the Western Desert Campaign, the facility was abandoned by the retreating enemy forces.

It was later used by the United States Army Air Force during the North African Campaign by the 57th Fighter Group, which flew P-40 Warhawks from the airfield between 3 December 1942 and 3 January 1943.

Located about 19 Miles (30 km) Southeast of Ajdabiya, Libya, there are no remains of either airfield today and the desert has totally reclaimed the site. Their locations can only be determined by German maps of the area.

English Heritage's record description

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  • 57th Fighter Group

    57th Fighter Group

    The group was first activated as the 57th Pursuit Group in January 1941, flying P-40 Warhawks as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later assigned to the I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York.[3] It trained in New England and...


  • Marshall Cordell

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ground Crew Mechanic | 57th Fighter Group

  • James Curl

    Military | Major | fighter pilot-1055 single engine/squadron commander | 52nd Fighter Group
    CO 66th FS 57th FG and 2nd FS 52nd FG Awarded British DSO by Air Marshal Sir William Sholto Douglas KIA March 18, 1945 MACR 13066

  • Victor Glickman

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ground Crew Chief | 57th Fighter Group

  • Lyman Middleditch

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Peter Mitchell

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Jack Saux

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Marshall Sneed

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot - Flight Commander | 57th Fighter Group


Date Contributor Update
13 December 2016 05:08:09 466thHistorian Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date and history