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Cutella Airfield Site Today

In this photo-set, Italian historian Giuseppe Marini shows us the abandoned site of Cutella airstrip, the field from which 3 Squadron (of all its WW2 Landing Grounds) operated for the longest period. 
"Cutella" is not an Italian place-name, it's a Queensland aboriginal word meaning "Eagle" and was adopted by 239 Wing when this metal-plate strip was set up in the sand-dunes beside the Adriatic.)

Painting by Dennis Adams.  3 Squadron Kittyhawk at Cutella, March 1944.  Note the steam train carrying Army tanks, visible in the distance

Giuseppe's Photos:

Giuseppe writes:  It is possible to see the site of Cutella on the lowland between the Adriatic sea and the highway.
To the left is the end-point of the Cutella airfield. (It is possible to see a small stream that races toward the sea.
This stream doesn't have a name. Between the sea and the highway there is another road that in this photo is not clear (Highway SS16).

This is the national road SS 16 on the lowland.  This road represents almost the exact center of the old airfield.
To the left it is possible to see the mountains of the Maiella. In that direction there was the German "Gustav" Line.  
The airplanes from Cutella often went there for their missions.

This is the national road SS 16 on the lowland, looking North.
The airfield began just a few meters after the bridge of the Mergolo stream.  
To the left in the hill there is the railroad joining the cities: Bari (left) and Pescara (to the right).

The grey stream at left marked the northern boundary of Cutella.

First view of the small stream, without name, that races toward the Adriatic Sea .
This is the end point of the old airfield.

Update 2016:

Bruce Nash, the son of 3SQN's Commanding Officer at Cutella in 1944 (Murray Nash),
has supplied a recent satellite photo showing the strong erosion currently occurring
where the beach san-dunes had been bulldozed to allow the PSP metal runway to be laid out.

Armourers and Engine Fitters working on a Kittyhawk at Cutella, April 1944. 
[AWM  MEC1374.]

See also: Bruce Burchfield's Cutella Diary.

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