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Berca Airfield

Berca Airfield
Bengazi, Libya
German Luftwaffe oblique airphoto of Berca Airfield
Coordinates [1]
Type Civil Airport/Military Airfield
Site information
Controlled by  Italian Regia Aeronautica
 German Luftwaffe
 United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built Before 1940
In use 1940-1943
Berca Airfield is located in Libya
Berca Airfield
Berca Airfield
Location of Berca Airfield, Libya

Berca Airfield is a former civil airport and military airfield, located in the Al Birkah suburb of Benghazi, Libya.

The facility appears to be a pre-World War II civil airport which may have also been used by the Italian Regia Aeronautica Air Force. After the Italian invasion of Egypt and the arrival of the German Luftwaffe in 1941, it was used by the Axis as a military airfield.

After the seizure of Bengazi by the British Eighth Army during the Western Desert Campaign in early 1943, it was used by the United States Army Air Force during the North African Campaign by the 98th Bombardment Group, which flew B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the airfield between 26 March-4 April 1943.

Its postwar history is unknown, today the area has been rebuilt into part of the urban area of Benghazi.

From about 1960 to 1967 or thereabouts the airstrip was used as a base by World Wide Helicopters Ltd who were flying both small fixed wing aircraft and helicopters in support of oil exploration activity in the desert.


References

  1. ^ German map of Berca Airfield

 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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