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Military site : airfield

Detailed history

During World War II the airfield, then known as Darragh Airfield was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force 57th Fighter Group during the North African Campaign against Axis forces. The 57th flew P-40 Warhawks from the airfield between 19 January-3 March 1943 before moving forward with the British Eighth Army.

The current airfield appears to be overlaid on its World War II predecessor facility.

English Heritage's record description

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  • 57th Fighter Group

    57th Fighter Group

    The group was first activated as the 57th Pursuit Group in January 1941, flying P-40 Warhawks as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later assigned to the I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York.[3] It trained in New England and...


  • Marshall Cordell

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ground Crew Mechanic | 57th Fighter Group

  • James Curl

    Military | Major | fighter pilot-1055 single engine/squadron commander | 52nd Fighter Group
    CO 66th FS 57th FG and 2nd FS 52nd FG Awarded British DSO by Air Marshal Sir William Sholto Douglas KIA March 18, 1945 MACR 13066

  • Victor Glickman

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ground Crew Chief | 57th Fighter Group

  • Lyman Middleditch

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Peter Mitchell

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Gilbert Mullins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Deputy Group Commander | 57th Fighter Group

  • Jack Saux

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 57th Fighter Group

  • Marshall Sneed

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot - Flight Commander | 57th Fighter Group



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