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Canrobert

Military site : airfield

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Canrobert Airfield was a World War II military airfield in Algeria, located approximately 4 km south of Oum el Bouaghi, approximately 70 km southeast of Constantine. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps. The Allied commanders made desperate efforts to prepare forward airfields for the use of fighters and fighter-bombers. Canrobert was one of these intermediate fields.[1]
Known Twelfth Air Force units assigned were:
47th Bombardment Group, 6–30 March 1943, A-20 Havoc
81st Bombardment Squadron, (12th Bombardment Group), 16 March-3 May 1943, B-25 Mitchell
82d Bombardment Squadron, (12th Bombardment Group), 16 March-1 May 1943, B-25 Mitchell
308th Fighter Squadron, (31st Fighter Squadron), 21–25 February 1943, Spitfire
When the Americans moved out in May 1943, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today agriculture has reclaimed the land where the airfield existed, however a faint outline of its main runway can be seen in aerial photograph

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  • Marion Akers

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

  • George Baggs

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

  • Peter Beet

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • David Breece

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • William Bruce

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Chester Cahill

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

  • James Carithers

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 47th Bomb Group
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  • Reginald Clizbe

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

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Mechanic | 47th Bomb Group

  • Louis D'Agostino

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

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Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 03:06:07 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

https://geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Canrobert_Airfield&pa...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canrobert_Airfield

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