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There was a First Aid station at the airfield and a hospital at Cervione, 4 miles to the north.
Alesani airfield in use during the ww2 (source: warwingsart.com)
A tent camp at Alesani airfield in use during World War II. This kind of tent camp was what the 489th bombardment squadron lived in when they weren't dropping bombs and getting shot at. What you see is the prime 489th area with the mess area at the bottom of the hill and the administrative area off to the right. Most of the enlisted men bunked here. The officers' area was out of the picture to the right. The Tyrrhenian Sea can be seen in the background (warwingsart.com).
Alesani airfield in use during World War II (warwingsart.com)
Historical map of Alesani airfield in September 1944 (USAAF, via AFHRC)
North American B-25J Mitchell medium bomber from the 489th named Lady Luck in Alesani. Technical sergeant, radio-operator and waist-gunner Quentin Kaiser is standing on the left and staff sergeant, top-turret gunner, and engineer Bill Devine is on the right. Lady Luck had a large 9Y painted on its tail fin, with the "9" designating 489 squadron and the "Y" designating the aircraft. Each bomb painted on the fuselage represents one combat mission, so Lady Luck had participated in at least 42 missions when the above picture was taken.
Five of Quentin Kaiser's 65 combat missions were flown in Lady Luck - 9Y. Although the pilots and crews had their own main aircraft, they usually flew missions with different planes and crews depending on availability and mission requirements. (warwingsart.com)
B-25J 9D (serial# 43-27638), taking-off from Alesani in 1944 for one of its 126 missions. (warwingsart.com)
Damage that occurred to the 340th Bombardment Group's B-25s by a German air raid on 13 May 1944. These planes belong to 487 Bombardment Squadron (collection Dominique Taddei, via warwingsart.com).
B-25s of the 321st Bomb Group buzz the 340th Bomb Group at Alesani Airfield (historynet.com).
Alesani airfield was slowly being dismantled in 1948 (geoportail.fr)
Alesani airfield was still slowly disappearing in 1958 (geoportail.fr)
The location of the former airfield in 2012. Some traces of the runway and taxiways are still recognizable in the soil (Google Earth)
(Researched by Olivier)