Alesan Airfield

Airfield

Object Number - UPL 48640 - Alesani Airfield, Corsica

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Detailed History

Alesani airfield (Advanced Landing Ground Alesanie) was an airfield that formed part of the "USS Corsica" airbase complex on the east coast of Corsica.
The airfield was constructed by the allies very early in 1944 and occupied by the 340th Bombardment Group from mid-April 1944 until late-April 1945. The 340th Bombardment Group consisted of the 486th, 487th, 488th and 489th Bombardment Squadrons. These squadrons had planes with tail fins marked "6", "7", "8" or "9" respectively, followed by a letter identifying the particular aircraft.
The crew chiefs and their ground crews who serviced, repaired, and maintained the aircraft typically adorned their planes with artwork, names, and other personal touches
Like the other airfields, its runway ran north-south. A lighthouse situated approximately 1 mile SW of the airfield provided a good landmark. Also, there were four pierced steel warm-up aprons connected by taxi-track to the prepared strip. East and west of the air strip were 140 hard standings for the aircraft connected by taxi-tracks to either end of the landing strip. The control tower was located on the west side of the center of the prepared strip. Two huts and two portable barracks housed the administration and operations sections. The personnel was living in tents.
There was a First Aid station at the airfield and a hospital at Cervione, 4 miles to the north.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 487th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12047214
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-742553
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-814637
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-700099
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: Mission Completed
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: The Devil's Helper
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 486th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: The Alice L
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 486th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: After Women, Liquor (AWOL)
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 486th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: Uncle Willie
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 487th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date10 Jan 2022 03:30:18
Contributor466thHistorian
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Corrected name

Alesan Airfield: Gallery (65 items)