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Canrobert Airfield (Oum El Bouaghi)

Canrobert Airfield was a World War II military airfield in Algeria, located approximately 4 km south of Oum el Bouaghi, approximately 70 km southeast of Constantine. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps. The Allied commanders made desperate efforts to prepareforward airfields for the use of fighters and fighter-bombers. Canrobert was one of these intermediate fields.[1]

Known Tewlfth Air Force units assigned were:
47th Bombardment Group, 6-30 March 1943, A-20 Havoc
81st Bombardment Squadron, (12th Bombardment Group), 16 March-3 May 1943, B-25 Mitchell
82d Bombardment Squadron, (12th Bombardment Group), 16 March-1 May 1943, B-25 Mitchell
308th Fighter Squadron, (31st Fighter Squadron), 21-25 February 1943, Spitfire

When the Americans moved out in May 1943, the airfield was dismantled and abandoned. Today agriculture has reclaimed the land where the airfield existed, however a faint outline of its main runway can be seen in aerial photography.

^ Coggins, Jack. The campaign for North Africa. Doubleday, 1980. ISBN 0-385-04351-1.

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.
Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975
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Coggins, Jack. The campaign for North Africa. Doubleday, 1980. ISBN 0-385-04351-1.

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