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Old 23rd August 2019, 14:09
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Osa airfield in Italy

Can anybody enlighten me with respect to an airfield in Italy in the vicinity of Rome by the name of Osa - where was it situated, was there another name for it, how big was it, did it have hangars, buildings etc ?

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Old 23rd August 2019, 14:34
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Re: Osa airfield in Italy

From http://www.ww2.dk/Airfields%20-%20It...20Sardinia.pdf

Osa (ITAL) (a.k.a. Rome-Lunghezza, Flugplatz 421) (41 54 30 N – 12 41
30 E)
General: landing ground in west-central Italy 18 km ENE of Rome city
center and 2.5 km SE of Lunghezza train station. History: an emergency
landing ground built by the Italians and used by the Luftwaffe for the same
purpose and as a dispersal field for fighters. Surface and Dimensions:
grass surface measuring approx. 775 x 320 meters (850 x 350 yards). No
paved runway. Fuel and Ammunition: made available as needed.
Infrastructure: none. Nearby farm buildings and tents were used. The
nearest rail connection was in Lunghezza. Dispersal: aircraft parked in
concealment along the edge of a wood 900 meters NW of the landing area
and in 10 well-camouflaged shelters along the WSW boundary. Defenses:
no information.
Remarks:
15 Jan 44: Allied reconnaissance photos showed 6 single-engine fighters on
the ground here.
23 Jan 44: serviceable, but no airfield detachment and no stocks.
26 Jan 44: ordered dismantled and evacuated.
25 Jan 45: listed as abandoned.
Operational Units: none identified.
Station Commands: none.
Station Units (on various dates – not complete):
[Sources: AFHRA A5262 pp.1872-73 (25 Feb 44); chronologies; BA-MA;
NARA; PRO/NA; web site ww2.dk]
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Re: Osa airfield in Italy

Many thanks!

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