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Solenzara Airfield

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Air Base 126 Solenzara (French: Base aérienne 126 Solenzara) (IATA: SOZ, ICAO: LFKS) is a French Air and Space Force (Armée de l'air et de l'espace) (ALAE) base located in the village of Ventiseri approximately 40 km north-northeast of Porto-Vecchio on Corsica. It is just north of the mouth of the Travo River on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Today the Air Base is a NATO tactical training center.[citation needed] It hosts:

Escadron d'Hélicoptères 1/44 Solenzara with the Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma

During World War II the air base was constructed by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force XII Engineer Command as an all-weather temporary field built using Pierced Steel Planking for runways and parking areas, as well as for dispersal sites. 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. As the airfield was not located on mainland France, no Advanced Landing Ground identifier was designated, and it was called Solenzara Airfield.

The airfield was designed for fighter, medium bomber units, as well as for command and control. Known units assigned were:

HQ, 57th Bombardment Wing, 20 April-5 October 1944
310th Bombardment Group, 10 December 1943 – 7 April 1945, B-25 Mitchell
321st Bomb Group, 23 April 1944
324th Fighter Group, 19 July 1944 – 25 August 1944, P-40 Warhawk
Both the 310th and 324th flew combat missions in support of the Invasion of Southern France (Operation Dragoon) during July and August 1944. At the end of the war, the American combat units moved out for their return to the United States. The airfield was then turned over to the French government in July 1945.

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  • Leonard Adcock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 321st Bomb Group

  • John Bellendir

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 321st Bomb Group

  • Aubrey Chatters

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 321st Bomb Group

  • Vernon Dossey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 321st Bomb Group

  • Philip Judy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 321st Bomb Group

  • William Mabbutt

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 321st Bomb Group

  • Rocco Milano

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Aircraft Crew Chief | 321st Bomb Group

  • Glen Ovard

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 321st Bomb Group

  • Harris Pate

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 321st Bomb Group

  • Rene Petit

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 321st Bomb Group

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Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 19:36:42 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date and history
Sources

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

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