Ain M'lila Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield in Algeria, located approximately 17 km north-northwest of Aïn Kercha in Oum el Bouaghi province, about 50 km south-southeast of Constantine. It was built by the Army Corps of Engineers on a flat, dry lakebed at an altitude of 2580 feet, designed for heavy bomber use by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign with concrete runways, hardstands and taxiways. Billeting and support facilities consisted of tents. Due to its high altitude, the days were hot and the nights cold. Known units which operated from Ain M'lila were:

Ain M'lila Airfield
Part of Twelfth Air Force
20th Bombardment Squadron Boeing B-17F-85-BO Fortress 42-30082 being serviced at Ain M'lila Airfield, Algeria
Ain M'lila Airfield is located in Algeria
Ain M'lila Airfield
Ain M'lila Airfield
Location of Ain M'lila Airfield, Algeria
Coordinates36°00′19″N 006°34′22″E / 36.00528°N 6.57278°E / 36.00528; 6.57278 (Ain M'lila Airfield)
TypeMilitary Airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
In use1942-1943

The Americans pulled out in the summer of 1943, heading to their new bases around Foggia, Italy and Ain M'lila was abandoned. The engineers dismantled what they could and the airfield was reclaimed by the desert. Today only faint traces can be seen on aerial photography.

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  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

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