Scrapping And Salvaging World War II Aircraft in North Africa


Wartime film clips show U.S. Aircraft and fighters at Telergma in North Africa at a field scrapyard, yielding valuable parts to keep ’em flying.

Any aircraft that crashed within 200 miles of Telergma air base was brought there by truck. There the airplanes are taken apart and sorted into separate piles. For easy salvage the wrecks were sorted by plane type and then the salvage crews would remove whatever parts could still be used. Landing gears, cockpit dials, landing gear, glass cupolas, in short any usable item that was still serviceable was removed. This saved valuable shipping space on board the liberty ships which was of major importance in the early years of the war.

The parts were then sent to reclamation where everything was inspected and, after approval, sent on to the air force supplies or are directly forwarded to the repair shops.

Any remaining items that could not be salvaged or reclaimed were smelted and then reused as raw material.

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.