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Navarin Airfield is a World War II military airfield in Algeria, located approximately 10 km est of El Eulma in Sétif Province. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign for heavy B-17 Flying Fortress bombers against the German Afrika Korps. B-17s known as the 'Diamondbacks' would fly from here to Rome in Operation Husky in July 1943. Known units assigned were:
2d Bombardment Group, 22–27 April 1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
99th Bombardment Group, 22 February-25 March 1943, B-17 Flying Fortress

When the Americans moved east into Tunisia, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Traces of its runway may be visible on satellite imagery, however a lack of detailed aerial photography of the area limits determining a precise location and current condition of the airfield.

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  • 99th Bomb Group

    99th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor...


  • Richard Evans

    Military | Colonel | Pilot, instructor | 99th Bomb Group
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  • 42-29513 El Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; DeRidder 31/1/43; Morrison 1/2/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 23/2/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; Ed Karnes’ crew, 114m transferred weather aircraft 304BW Cerignola 28/10/44; Salvaged 23/8/45. El...

  • 42-29526 Bugs

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 11/1/43; DeRidder 31/1/43; Morrison 1/2/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin, Alg 3/2/43; Oudna, Tun 4/8/43; Tortorella, It 11/12/43; 100+m transferred 483BG Tortorella, It 31/3/44; 429BS/2BG Amendola, It 4/44; Salvaged 2...

  • 42-29790 QUEENIE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Smoky Hill 12/3/43; Assigned 348BS/99BG Navarin 6/6/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 12/11/43; transferred 122BS/1FG Tunis 8/10/44, then Vincenzo, It.; taxi accident with Ed Clare at Salvaged Sota, It 26/12/44;....

  • 42-3174

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 416BS/99BG Navarin 20/5/43; Missing in Action Messina 25/5/43 with Bob Goad, DeBow, Dingo, McGrath, Rhodes, King, Sproul, Kennedy, Barkas, Lawrence (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed in sea and...


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02 November 2016 13:23:23 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history