12th Air Force WWII

97th BOMB GROUP (Heavy)


PHOTOS (unless noted otherwise) are from W.L. ROSS III Photo Album – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Site Edited and Maintained by his son-in-law  Doug Cook  Jan. 2007

Contacts from 97th BG and 414th Squadron Welcome!


During the time frame Bill Ross was in N. Africa, Jan. 16, 1943 to Aug. 3, 1943, the 97th BG occupied these bases:


Biskra, NE Algeria                                           c. 25 Dec 1942


Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, NE Algeria      c. 8 Feb 1943


Pont-du-Fahs, N. Tunisia  S of Tunis         c. 1 Aug 1943




"The commercial and military importance of North Africa to Rome cannot be overestimated: it was the granary of the Empire. Emperor Trajan established a frontier along the coast, and remains of settlements can be seen in Algeria at Setif, Tipaza and Djemila, which is an excellent example of town planning adapted to a mountain location."


Editor’s Note:  I had to search to find an exact match of Bill Ross’ 1943 photos of some of these ruins.

The photo below is a Roman Temple of Septimius Severus at Djemila (ancient Curculum), west of Constantine, Algeria

where some of the best preserved Roman ruins in North Africa are found..











Algeria-     Djemila Roman Amphitheater
































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