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Hergla Airfield

36°08′05.06″N 010°26′14.85″E
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Hergla Airfield

Location of Hergla Airfield, Tunisia
Hergla Airfield is an abandoned military airfield in Tunisia, which was located approximately 12 km north-northwest of Harqalah in al Janubiyah Wilayat province, about 90 km south-southwest of Tunis.
During World War II it was used by the United States Army Air Force during the North African Campaign as a bomber base, first for medium, then later for heavy bombers.
12th Bombardment Group, 2 June-2 August 1943, B-25 Mitchell
98th Bombardment Group, 22 September-22 November 1943, B-24 Liberator (15AF/12AF)
340th Bombardment Group, 2 June-2 August 1943, B-25 Mitchell (9AF)
Primary targets from Hergla were in Sicily and mainland Italy. As targets moved out of range, the groups moved to Italy and by November 1943 the airfield was closed. When the Americans moved out, the base was largely abandoned. For many years only faint evidence of the main runway and some taxiways were visible in aerial photos of the area, but the land had returned largely to its natural state. The Enfidha – Hammamet International Airport was built in its place and opened in 2009.

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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...


  • 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. ...

  • Wilbur Bagby

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

  • Elmer Baran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Bilodeau

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

  • Fred Blaney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • Harold Bridges

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

  • Oliver Burkholder

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Aircraft Crew Chief | 340th Bomb Group

  • Aaron Butash

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 340th Bomb Group

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Date Contributor Update
22 March 2021 02:32:30 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history