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Ponte Galeria

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Ponte Galeria Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Italy, located approximately 11 km northeast of Fiumicino, 15 km west-southwest of Rome.
It was an all-weather temporary field built by the United States Army Air Force XII Engineer Command using a graded earth compacted surface, with a prefabricated hessian (burlap) surfacing known as PHS. PHS was made of an asphalt-impregnated jute which was rolled out over the compacted surface over a square mesh track (SMT) grid of wire joined in 3-inch squares. Pierced Steel Planking was also used for parking areas, as well as for dispersal sites, when it was available. In addition, tents were used for billeting and also for support facilities; an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure; a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums, along with a drinkable water and minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting.
Once completed it was turned over for use by the Twelfth Air Force 47th Bombardment Group.
The 47th first arrived at the airfield on 10 June 1944, flying A-20 Havoc aircraft. The group stayed briefly, moving to Ombrone Airfield on 27 June
When the 47th pulled out, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today, the airfield is now reclaimed by agriculture, with little or no evidence of its existence.

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  • John Adair

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

  • Anthony Biancardi

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

  • Viviano Bonitatibus

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

  • Robert Coale

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 47th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 97BS, 47BG, 12AF USAAF. 60+ x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), GC, NSDM, WWII Victory, EAME (4 x battle stars), AF Longevity Service Award.

  • Gaston Coblentz

    Military | Major | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group
    Gaston Coblentz was a successful and well respected investment banker and writer after the war. ...

  • Perry Doty

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aircraft Armorer | 47th Bomb Group
    Became an officer after the war. Served on active duty again 1951-56 as a 1st Lieutenant in the US and Labrador.

  • James Epperson

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

  • Reginald Fellows

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aircraft Mechanic | 47th Bomb Group
    Listed at 5'2" 130 lbs on his draft registration card. That would explain the "Shorty" nickname.

  • Alvin Fischer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aircraft Mechanic/Crew Chief | 47th Bomb Group

  • William Gall

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

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Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 03:22:12 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history