Gioia del Colle Air Base is an Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) base located in the province of Bari, Apulia, Italy, located approximately 1 km south-southeast of Gioia del Colle.World War II
During World War II the air base was captured by the British Eighth Army in October 1943 and subsequently used by the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth Air Force and Fifteenth Air Force. It was known as Gioia del Colle Airfield by the Americans. Known combat units operating from the airfield were:
1st Fighter Group, 8 December 1943 – 8 January 1944, P-38 Lightning
57th Fighter Group, 25–30 September 1943, P-40 Warhawk
451st Bombardment Group, 10 January-5 March 1944 B-24 Liberator
464th Bombardment Group, 21 April 1944 - 1 June 1944 B-24 Liberator
The airfield was also used by troop carrier units working with British paratroopers (8th Troop Carrier Squadron) as well as by Air Technical Service Command as a maintenance and supply depot. (41st/38th Air Depot
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