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Abasha

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Location of airfield Abasha

Airfield name. Abasha (Abascha, Russian: Абаша).

Coordinate. 42°15,21` с.ш. 42°12,48` в.д.

General. Abasha – airfield in W Georgian SSR of the Soviet Union (now Georgia) 41 km W of Kutaisi and 4 km N of the village of Abasha. Rated for single-engine aircrafts.

History. Existed since at least 1941. During WWII used mainly for refitting of Fighter and Ground Attack Aviation Regiments of the Black Sea Fleet Naval Aviation. In the summer-autumn of 1952, at the airfield carried out training flights of fighter jets MiG-17. In present days abandoned, on the W boundary survived remains of several blast bay shelters.

Surface and Dimensions. Grass surface measuring approx. 1450 × 900 meters (1585 × 985 yards). Due to the lack of a paved runway, airfield was becoming unusable after heavy rain.

Fuel and Ammunition. No information found.

Infrastructure. No information found.

Dispersal. Had 19 open blast bay shelters along the airfield perimeter (on 10.09.1942).

Defenses. No information found.

Remarks. 10.09.1942 airfield Abasha was photographed by Luftwaffe reconnaissance plane of 4.(F)/Aufkl.Gr. 122. Were identified 15 single-engine aircrafts.

Air Units.
USSR:
detachments of the 25th Red Banner Fighter Aviation Regiment (25th Krasnoznamennyy Istrebitelnyy Aviatsionnyy Polk) – ?-10.10.1941-?,
7th Fighter Aviation Regiment (7th Istrebitelnyy Aviatsionnyy Polk) of Naval Aviation – 18.08.1942-?,
47th Ground Attack Aviation Regiment (47th Shturmovoy Aviatsionny Polk) of Naval Aviation – 23.08.1942-09.1942,
3rd Squadron of the 62th Fighter Aviation Regiment (3rd Eskadrilya of the 62th Istrebitelnyy Aviatsionnyy Polk) of Naval Aviation – 23.08.1942-08.11.1942? (refitting),
18th Ground Attack Aviation Regiment (18th Shturmovoy Aviatsionny Polk) of Naval Aviation – 1942 (refitting),
32th Fighter Aviation Regiment (32th Istrebitelnyy Aviatsionnyy Polk) of Naval Aviation – 16.11.1942-20.05.1943 (refitting),
47th Ground Attack Aviation Regiment (47th Shturmovoy Aviatsionny Polk) of Naval Aviation – 21.06.1943-21.09.1943 (refitting).

Ground Units.
USSR: none identified.

Luftwaffe aerial photograph of airfield Abasha, 10.09.1942
Luftwaffe aerial photograph
of airfield Abasha, 10.09.1942[2]

Sources and books

[1] A. I. Yakovlev. The right foot. – Website http://www.proza.ru/, 2011.

[2] Website «WWII Aerial Photos and Maps».

[3] V. A. Anokhin, M. Yu. Bykov. All Stalin's Fighter Aviation Regiments. The first full encyclopedia. – Moscow.: Yauza-press, 2014.

[4] Website http://allaces.ru/.

[5] Website http://eagle-rost.livejournal.com/.

[6] K. D. Denisov. Under us – the Black Sea. – Moscow.: Voenizdat, 1989.


 

Last updated: 16.08.2016.