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  • Thelepte Airfield is an airfield in Tunisia, located about 20 km southwest of Kasserine. It currently is active and in use. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force in 1943 during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps. The first American units arrived in late December and the P-40s of the 33d Fighter Group arrived on 7 January from Telergma Airfield, Algeria. Thelepte was used by the following units during the Battle of Tunisia: HQ, 64th Fighter Wing, 1–18 March 1943 47th Bombardment Group, 30 March-13 April 1943, A-20 Havoc 31st Fighter Group, 7–18 February 1943, Spitfire 33d Fighter Group, 7 January-8 February 1943, P-40 Warhawk 81st Fighter Group, 22 January-18 February 1943, P-39 Aircobra On 18 February, the 31st and 81st Fighter Groups had to withdraw from the airfield after the Afrika Korps came within a few miles of the airfield. However American counter-attacks drove the Germans east and the airfield was re-manned on 1 March, later hosting A-20 Havocs until mid April when the combat was focused around Tunis and the units moved east to be closer to enemy targets, ending American use of the airfield. Wikipedia

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