Gerbini

Airfield

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Detailed History

Gerbini Airfield is a series of abandoned World War II military airfields in Paternò, Sicily, located 23 kilometres (14 mi) west of Catania, near the intersection of the A19 and SP24 highways. The airfields consisted of a series of flat agricultural fields, used for runways and parking areas. First used by Italian Regia Aeronautica and German Luftwaffe forces during the Battle of Sicily, they were attacked on several occasions by United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force bomber aircraft. Later, they were seized by Allied ground forces and used by the USAAF during the battle. Army engineers compacted the earth and improved the field for use by light and medium bombers. Also a tent encampment was established for ground support and for station infrastructure. Twelfth Air Force units stationed at Gerbini were:
47th Bombardment Group, 20–24 August 1943, A-20 Havoc
12th Bombardment Group, 22 August-2 November 1943, B-25 Mitchell
60th Troop Carrier Group, 20 October 1943 – 5 March 1944, C-47 Skytrain
When the C-47s moved out at the end of 1944, the airfield was dismantled and returned to its owners. A runway is still present, though the cement is broken up in many places by weeds. The outline of the runway is visible on Google satellite view.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 97th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6937747
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aerial Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 97th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Gunner/Armament Inspector/Armament Cheif
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 86th Bomb Squadron 97th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-34490
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot - Squadron Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 97th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 84th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-186459
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 86th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Nicknames: Miss Burma
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 85th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Nicknames: Nancy Lee
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 84th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 84th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 86th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date4 Jan 2021 02:59:59
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

https://www.google.com/maps/place/37°27'52.4%22N+14°52'22.0%22E/@37.464544,14.872778,5719m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d37.464544!4d14.872778?hl=en
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerbini_Airfield