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Vincenzo

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Vincenzo air field was a temporary airfield 9km west of Barletta in Puglia, Italy.
The airfield was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in late September 1943. It was used by Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Force fighter and light/medium bombardment units. Known units to have been stationed at the airfield were:
47th Bombardment Group, flying A-20 Havocs from 15 October 1943 until 10 January 1944.
82d Fighter Group, flying P-38 Lightnings from 11 January until 30 August 1944.
321st Bombardment Group, flying B-25 Mitchells from 14 January until February 1944.
1st Fighter Group, flying P-38 Lightnings from 8 January until 21 February 1945.
325th Fighter Group, flying P-51 Mustangs, July until 9 October 1945.
The last combat operations were flown in February 1945. It was then used by 542d Air Service Group until October 1945 when closed.

English Heritage's record description

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Service

Units

  • 1st Fighter Group

    1st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...

  • 82nd Fighter Group

    82nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 82nd Fighter Group flew training missions from bases in Northern Ireland between October and December 1942. They then joined the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, supporting the ground invasion of Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Between October 1943...

  • 47th Bomb Group

People

  • Carroll Abrahamson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 47th Bomb Group

  • John Adair

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner/Armament Inspector/Armament Cheif | 47th Bomb Group

  • Marion Akers

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander | 47th Bomb Group

  • George Baggs

    Military | Captain | Bombardier/Navigator | 47th Bomb Group

  • Charles Barr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Otto Bey

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Biancardi

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Communications Chief | 47th Bomb Group

  • Adolph Bondarek

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 47th Bomb Group

  • Viviano Bonitatibus

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | 47th Bomb Group

  • Jack Botts

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Gunner | 47th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 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;....

  • 44-6775

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 6/11/44; Dow Fd 26/11/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 6/12/44; t/o accident with Bob Fuchs, force landed Vincenzo A/fd, It 13/7/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 14/12/45.

  • 42-67959

    P-38 Lightning

  • 44-24047

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-104076

    P-38 Lightning

  • 41-3441

    A-20 Havoc

  • 41-3431

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-22096

    A-20 Havoc

  • 41-3148 Miss Burma

    A-20 Havoc
    270 Combat Missions

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 02:05:56 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, history and media associations
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/apulia/barletta-andria-trani/vin...

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