Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Airfield Libya - 1942?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kenya
    Posts
    713
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Airfield Libya - 1942?

    I had come across reference to an airfield near to Tobruk called 'Gubby Main'. Is anyone familiar with this place? I havn't heard of it before and can't find a mention anywhere else.

    Cheers

    Jonny

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,639
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Jefford's "RAF Squadrons" gives two possibilities:

    LG 145 Tobruk No 2/ El Gubbi (or Gubsi) West
    LG 146 Tobruk No 3/ El Gubbi (or Gubsi) East

    Tobruk No 1 doesn't have a specific name but that may have been known as El Gubbi Main

    They are all within a couple of miles of Tobruk

    A

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kenya
    Posts
    713
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Amrit,

    Fast and helpful as ever. Thanks mate.

    Rgds

    Jonny

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    3,606
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts

    Default

    Jonny, Hi,
    It is possible that yr A/F may be one the Gambuts (there were several!) They are 32 miles ESE of Tobruk. It is just possible to make out what might be the remains of a "strip" on Google Earth. But as a 'strip' in those days consisted mainly of carting off the bigger rocks, and filling in the bigger holes in the limestone plateau, there is not much left to see these days. And there certainly wasn't when I was in the area in the early 50's. I think I'm right in saying that The Gambuts were mainly fighter A/Fs. The Experts will, no doubt correct me!
    Rgds
    Peter Davies

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    3,606
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts

    Default

    Jonny,
    Amrit's probably right (he usually is!) but when I was in that neck of the woods the only vestige of a strip that survived was known, by RAF El Adem, as "Tobruk One".
    Rgds
    Peter Davies

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kenya
    Posts
    713
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Peter,

    Thank you. I m reading th diary of a 108 Sqn air gunner who bombed the place in August '42 and refers to it a Gubby Main. Another one cleared up!

    Thanks all

    Jonny

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •