Souk-el-Khemis Airfield

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Souk-el-Khemis Airfield
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Part of Twelfth Air Force
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Type Military airfield
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built 1943
In use 1943
Location of Souk-el-Khemis Airfield, Tunisia

Souk-el-Khemis Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Tunisia, located approximately 3 km southeast of Bou Salem, and 110 km west-southwest of Tunis. It was a temporary airfield built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force and by the Royal Air Force during the North African Campaign.

Use by US forces included the 325th Fighter Group during 3–19 June 1943, flying P-40 Warhawks.

Use by the RAF was primarily in the first 3 weeks of May 1943, during which time No.255 Squadron maintained a detachment there. Tracing such use can be problematic, because the RAF referred to the airfield only by a codename, which was "Paddington".[1]

After the 325th moved east, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today, there is little evidence of its existence other than the outlines of the perimeter track being used for agricultural roads.

Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force operated from a number of separate airfields around Souk-el-Khemis:

  • Paddington - 32, 81, 152, 154, 232, 242, 255 and 261 Squadrons
  • Victoria - 154 and 232 Squadron
  • Marylebone - 242 Squadron
  • Waterloo - 111 and 225 Squadron
  • Euston - 72, 93, 241 and 243 Squadrons
  • Kings Cross - 18 and 114 Squadrons


 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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  1. The National Archives of the UK : AIR27/1518 folios 180–181.

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