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Military site : airfield

Detailed history

World War II[edit]
During World War II, the airport was known as Sfax Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Ninth Air Force during the North African Campaign. Known units assigned were:
12th Bombardment Group, 15 April – 2 June 1943, B-25 Mitchell
340th Bombardment Group, 15 April – 2 June 1943, B-25 Mitchell
Later years[edit]
The airport has undergone several extensions and improvements. The most important development and remodeling of the terminal took place in 1988 when the runway was extended. In 1989 a cargo terminal was added and in 1996 new facilities were built: warehouse, taxiways and the airport apron was reconstructed. Additionally the runway was improved and a new control tower was built.
With a capacity of 200,000 passengers per year, the current terminal covers 2,000 m2 (½ acre). A new terminal building covers 8000 m2 (2 acres), consisting of three buildings. Construction started on 8 November 2005, and it was inaugurated on 22 December 2007. With a total cost of six million dinars, it has a capacity of 500,000 passengers. A total budget of 25 million dinars was also devoted to the airport to give it a total facelift (control tower, runway and parking).
From 2011 the airport was the main hub and headquarters for Syphax Airlines up until 2015.

English Heritage's record description

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  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...


  • Hugh Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 340th Bomb Group

  • George Bacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aircraft Mechanic | 340th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bachrach

    Military | Major | Pilot/Group Operations Officer/Group Tactical Inspector | 340th Bomb Group

  • Edward Backus

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot, Commanding Officer | 12th Bomb Group
    Edward N. Backus was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1906. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1924 and attended the University of Oklahoma and Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1929. ...

  • Frederick Balmes

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • Ted Bernstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 340th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Bilodeau

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 340th Bomb Group

  • Fred Blaney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • Spencer Bomberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 340th Bomb Group

  • Harold Bridges

    Military | Captain | Squadron Armament and Chemical Officer | 340th Bomb Group

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