Soliman

Airfield

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Detailed History

Soliman Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Tunisia, located approximately 12 km west-northwest of Manzil Bū Zalafah, and 39 km southeast of Tunis. It was a temporary airfield, not designed for heavy bomber or long-term use. During the North African Campaign, it was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force. Known units assigned were:
47th Bombardment Group, 1–21 July 1943, A-20 Havoc
321st Bombardment Group, 8 August–October 1943, B-25 Mitchell
325th Fighter Group, 4 November-11 December 1943, P-47 Thunderbolt

When the Americans moved out at the end of 1943, the airfield was abandoned. Today, the remains of the field are visible in aerial photography, with much of the runways, taxiways and dispersal pads in evidence.

People

  • 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 86th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13037350
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Communications Chief
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 85th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11052515
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aerial Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: Idaho Lassie
  • Unit: 321st Bomb Group 445th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: Hettie's Pride and Joy
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 321st Bomb Group
  • 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
  • Nicknames: Lady Jean
  • Unit: 47th Bomb Group 86th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date24 Nov 2016 04:03:44
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