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Detailed History

Montesquieu Airfield was a World War II military airfield in Algeria, located in the mountains near M'Daourouch, about 112 km southeast of Constantine. Its precise location is undetermined. It was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers and was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps.

320th Bombardment Group, April-29 June 1943, B-26 Marauder

325th Fighter Group, 5 April-3 June 1943, P-40 Warhawk

When the Americans moved east to Tunisia in June 1943, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. There are several possible locations of the field visible in aerial photography in the mountains just north of M'Daourouch, but its precise location can not be determined.



  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 325th Fighter Group
  • Service Numbers: O-023371
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot / Group Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 320th Bomb Group 441st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36235490
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner


A B-26 Marauder (serial number 42-95742) nicknamed "Eight Ball" of the 441st Bomb Squadron, 320th Bomb Group in flight. 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '320BG, 441BS. '
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Eight Ball
  • Unit: 320th Bomb Group 441st Bomb Squadron