Gaudo Airfield

Airfield

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Detailed History

Gaudo Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Southern Italy, approximately 3 km north of Paestum, where the neolithic necropolis belonging to the Gaudo Culture was discovered, about 70 km southeast of Naples. It was a temporary airfield built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Its last known use was by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force in 1944 during the Italian Campaign.

12th Bombardment Group, 19 January-6 February 1944, B-25 Mitchell
321st Bombardment Group, February–April 1944, B-25 Mitchell
62d Troop Carrier Group, May–June 1944, C-47 Skytrain
A significant number of aircraft were damaged at the airfield in March 1944 when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The last use was in June 1944 by C-47s, and afterward the airfield was dismantled and closed. Today the site of the airfield is indistinguishable from the many agricultural fields in the area.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 321st Bomb Group 446th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18039748
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aerial Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 321st Bomb Group 446th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-739716
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-683959
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 321st Bomb Group 446th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35169777
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator/Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 321st Bomb Group 446th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12050046
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Crew Chief

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: Pink Lady
  • Unit: 321st Bomb Group 446th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date8 Dec 2021 19:27:08
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