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Bari Airfield[3] (now Bari International Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Bari) (IATA: BRI, ICAO: LIBD))

Located approximately 7km west of Bari.

41°08′19.41″N 016°45′41.24″ECaptured Regia Aeronautica airfield used by Fifteenth Air Force as command and control facility, using airfield for reconnaissance and liaison units. Last USAAF unit left in September 1945 and airfield turned over to Allied Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force (Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, or ACI). Military airfield until the late 1960s when opened for civilian airline use. Today evidence of wartime use still visible in older military airfield area. HQ Fifteenth Air Force, 1 December 1943-15 September 1945XII Bomber Command, December 1943-4 January 194455th Bombardment Wing, 9 July-9 September 1945305th Bombardment Wing, March–December 1944306th Fighter Wing, 15–27 January 1944307th Bombardment Wing, 15 January-15 June 19445th Reconnaissance Group, (F-5 (P-38) Lightning), 11 October 1944-October 1945


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group