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Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Decimomannu became in effect a military airport on 3 June 1940 with the transfer of the Italian 32º Wing from Cagliari Elmas.

During World War II the airport served both Axis powers and Allied forces.

Between 1941 and 1943 the airport hosted the 36th Wing, with Savoia-Marchetti SM79 bombers and Savoia-Marchetti SM84.

On 27 September 1941 the airport forces were involved in a bloody battle between the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force in the central Mediterranean.

On 17 February 1943, the airport was bombed by the Anglo-American allies.

In 1943 following the Armistice of Cassibile, the airport came under the control of the United States Army who used it as a base for fighter Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" in charge of the USAAF.

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Decimomannu airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force 319th and 320th Bombardment Groups, which flew B-26 Marauder medium bombers from the field between 1 November 1943 and 21 September 1944.[3][4][5]

The American author Joseph Heller, while writing his novel Catch-22, was inspired by some events that happened in the Decimomannu airbase in 1944. [6]

In April 1957 a "Air Weapons Training Installation

English Heritage's record description

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  • 320th Bomb Group

    320th Bomb Group

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


  • Jerome Banicki

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 320th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Curreri

    Military | Sergeant | Air Crew Member - Airplane Mechanic | 93rd Bomb Group
    Inducted: 29 January 1942 - Camp Upton, New York ...


  • 42-95753 'Taboo' 'My Gal'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 441st BS, 320th BG, 12th AF. It was lost on 23-Dec-44 on diversion mission to gun emplacements near Breisach, Germany. Flak hit over the target cut A/C in two just aft of top turret, rolled over into shallow spin, exploded on hitting ground...

  • 42-107529 "Sessanta Nova?"

    B-26 Marauder
    Telergma, Algeria - December 1942 to May 1943 ...

  • 42-107783 Thumper II

    B-26 Marauder

  • 42-95742 Eight Ball

    B-26 Marauder


Date Contributor Update
16 September 2020 14:17:54 curreri Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Daddy of Them All: Story of the 17th Bomb Group in WWII Paperback – 1 Jan. 1990
Paperback : 78 pages
ISBN-10 : 096059003X
ISBN-13 : 978-0960590032
Publisher : Boomerang Publishers (1 Jan. 1990)
Language: : English

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2018 21:26:43 466thHistorian Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude and history