Depienne Airfield

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Depienne Airfield
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
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B-17F 42-3399 "Rangy Lil" was assigned to the 347th Bomb Squadron in August 1943. and it is seen wearing the group's distinctive diamond Marking On the tail, along with the Roman II associated with the squadron.
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Type Military airfield
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Condition inactive (still exists and use unknown)
Site history
Built 1941
Location of Depienne Airfield, Tunisia

Depienne Airfield is a World War II airfield in Tunisia, located approximately 12 km northeast of El Fahs, and 53 km southwest of Tunis. The airfield was first used by the German Luftwaffe in 1941 and 1942, and was captured by the British Army by a parachute attack on 3 December 1942. It was later used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber airfield during the North African Campaign.

In aerial imagery, the airfield looks almost like it did in 1943 and is probably the most well-preserved wartime bomber field in Tunisia. The runway, although deteriorated, along with all of the taxiways and aircraft hardstands are very much in evidence. It is unclear what the current use of the facility is.

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References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
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