The 489th Bombardment
Squadron in Corsica
The Airfield and Base at Alesani, Corsica
As It Appears Today
Here are some pictures of the area around the airfield at Alesani, Corsica as it
appears today. These photographs were provided by Nick Webster who visited Corsica in
2001. That's Nick holding up an old bomb fin he discovered there.
There's an old bomb rack rusting away by the woodside. Such a peaceful setting now
compared to 57 years ago. Nick Webster described it like this:
" We found a little old Man, who told us he
lived in the Village above the Airfield, he talked about the raid he saw from
the Village when the Germans Bombed the Field (May 13, 1944). He took us to the site and we
said goodbye. Running down the side of the Airfield was a deep path with a
cover of Trees, (by the way its now a farm growing Grapes) as we walked down
the path, I looked up and under a pile of old vines, sticking out was a Bomb
Carrier with 2 Tail fins tied up with wire, very rusty (must have been
bulldozed off the Field into the track) see photo. On our day out to Bastia,
we found a gathering of old Corsican Vets, and they
let us lay a flower, dedicated to the USAAF in Corsica, they were so happy,
we all had a good time."
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