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Detailed history

During World War II, the airport was known as Massicault Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign. Known units assigned were:[3]
2d Bombardment Group, 31 Jul-2 Dec 1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
320th Bombardment Group, 29 Jun-28 Jul 1943, B-26 Marauder
68th Reconnaissance Group, Oct-Nov 1943, F-4/F-5 Lightning

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  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 68th Reconnaissance Group

    68th Reconnaissance Group

    The group was first established as the 68th Observation Group in 1941 at Brownwood Army Air Field, Texas, on 1 September 1941. Its primary mission was observation aircraft training and antisubmarine patrols. The group moved to several different U.S....

  • 320th Bomb Group

    320th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 320th Bombardment Group (Medium) on 19 June 1942. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...


  • Jack Dieterle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    After completing his training as a bomber pilot at Biggs Field in Texas, Major Jack Deiterle's 566th Bomb Squadron in the 389th Bomb Group, was established at Hethel Field in Norwich early in 1943. Dieterle was a command pilot on the B-24D, The Little...

  • John Driscoll

    Military | Captain | Group Gunnery Officer | 389th Bomb Group
    Capt. John J. Driscoll flew the first D-Day mission in the B-24J, Delectable Doris, with pilot, William Graff. June, 1944


  • 42-30319

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/43; Gore 26/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Morrison 8/6/43; Assigned 419BS/301BG St Donat 6/7/43; Oudna 6/8/43; transferred 49BS/2BG Massicault 7/10/43; 9m 419BS/301BG Oudna 14/11/43; 44m 414BS/97BG Amendola 10/5/44; Missing in...

  • 42-3341 'LADY BE GOOD'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/5/43; Presque Is 27/6/43; Assigned 429BS/2BG Ain M'Lila 12/7/43; Massicault 31/7/43; Missing in Action 7m Weiner Nuestadt 2/11/43 with Lester Gillan, Co-pilot: Frank Counihan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Louis Hazay, Radio...

  • 42-3392

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/6/43; Presque Is 31/7/43; Assigned 96BS/2BG Massicault 8/8/43; transferred 353BS/301BG Cerignola; 89m 97BG Amendola as weather ship in summer of ‘44; depot 11/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-5068

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/42; West Palm Beach 12/12/42; Assigned 353BS/301BG Biskra 31/12/42; Ain M'Lila 17/1/43; Oudna 6/8/43; 48m transferred 20BS/2BG Massicault 14/11/43; Bizerte 2/12/43; 348BS/99BG Tortorella 28/3/44 but no missions; transferred...

  • 42-5397

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/42; New Castle 15/12/42; Assigned 352BS/301BG Biskra 9/1/43; Ain M'Lila 17/1/43; St Donat 6/3/43; Oudna 6/8/43; 61 missions ...

  • 42-95742 Eight Ball

    B-26 Marauder


Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 10:22:10 Lucy May Changes to media associations

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Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 23:40:27 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history