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Brucheville airfield (Advanced Landing Ground A-16 "Brucheville") was an Advanced Landing Ground southeast of the community of Brucheville near Utah Beach in Normandy, France.
The airfield was built between 6 July and 2 August 1944 by the 843 Engineer Aviation Battalion. It served as an air base for Allied fighter-bombers operating above and just ahead of the beachhead. The airfield was used by 36 Fighter Group (P-47Ds) as early as 7 July, but only with one squadron: 53 FS. The other two (22 and 23 FS) followed in early August, possibly because they were converting from Razorback P-47D-20 to the bubble canopy P-47D-25 in England. On 1 September 1944, just before the Group was to move to Le Mans, they earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for operations south of Loire river.
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The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 36th Fighter Group
Lt. Davis and his wing man, 2Lt. Harry J. Vibbert, Jr, departed their airfield at Bruchelle, France on an armed reconnaissance mission in the area of Argentan. At about 15:30 on August 13, 1944, they were flying at about 50 feet above ground strafing...
Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 22FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.