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Blida Airport is an airport in Blida, Algeria (ICAO: DAAB). It undertook a repavement project in 2012.[2]

Blida Airport
Airport typeMilitary
Elevation AMSL535 ft / 163 m
Coordinates36°30′13.9″N 2°48′52.1″E / 36.503861°N 2.814472°E / 36.503861; 2.814472 (Blida Airport (Blida))Coordinates: 36°30′13.9″N 2°48′52.1″E / 36.503861°N 2.814472°E / 36.503861; 2.814472 (Blida Airport (Blida))
DAAB is located in Algeria
Location of Blida Airport in Algeria
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 5,930 1,807 ASPHALT

On November 8, 1942, during World War II, the airport was taken by the British 11th Infantry Brigade. The event was part of the Operation Torch of the North African Campaign.[3]

Major A. Peter Dewey, America's first Vietnam casualty, departed from the airport on a parachuting mission to South Western France, while serving as a lieutenant at the Air Transport Command in August 10, 1944. With his company was Jack Hemingway, the son of writer Ernest Hemingway, who, unusually, strapped a fishing rod to his leg before parachuting in.[4]

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  1. ^ "DAAB @". Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ "Algeria-French Morocco, US Army Campaigns in World War II". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-12.
  4. ^ "A. Peter Dewey, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army". Retrieved 2007-07-12.
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