El Assa Airfield


El Assa Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield located in the district of Nuqat al Khams, Libya. It is about 140 km west of Tripoli near the Tunisian border.

El Assa Airfield
El Assa Flugplatz
El Assa Airfield is located in Libya
El Assa Airfield
El Assa Airfield
Location of El Assa Airfield, Libya
Coordinates32°49′56″N 011°35′58″E / 32.83222°N 11.59944°E / 32.83222; 11.59944Coordinates: 32°49′56″N 011°35′58″E / 32.83222°N 11.59944°E / 32.83222; 11.59944[1][2]
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byRegulation WW II Upperwing Balkenkreuz.png German Luftwaffe
Patch9thusaaf.png United States Army Air Forces
Site history
In use1941-1943

The facility was built either by the Italian Regia Aeronautica or German Luftwaffe about 1941. After the seizure of the area by the British Eighth Army during the Western Desert Campaign in early 1943, it was used by the Ninth Air Force of the United States Army Air Force's 83d Bombardment Squadron (12th Bombardment Group) between 3 March and 4 April 1943. The 83d flew B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the airfield.

The airfield most likely was constructed from compacted sand with tents being used as support facilities. Today it is unrecognizable, being taken over by the desert.


  1. ^ German Map of El Assa Airfield
  2. ^ German Map of El Assa Airfield

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.

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