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Azeville

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Air field Azeville (ALG A-7) was an Advanced landing Ground near Utah Beach in Normandy, France

The airfield was completed a little over two weeks after D-Day and served as an air base for Allied aircraft operating above and just ahead of the beachhead.

It was built by the US IX Engineering Command, 819th Engineer Aviation Battallion.

Although named after the town of Azeville, it was actually located closer to Fontenay-sur-Mer and St. Marcouf.

It was built north of the lane to Chateau de Fontenay, one of the most beautiful chateaus in Normandy and cut through another.

Most of the construction took place under enemy fire, but 819 EAB did not sustain major damage or loss in men.

Although planned for a 1500m (5000ft) runway, it was built as a fighter air base with 3600ft of runway.

Reason is that any lengthening would require major earthworks.

The airfield was declared operational on 23 June and completed on 2 July, 16 resp. 26 days after D-Day.

The airfield was used by the 365th FG, consisting of 386, 387 and 388 FS, flying P-47 Thunderbolts on fighter bomber missions.

The group moved into the airfield on 28 June 1944.

The Fighter Group left on 15 August.

For about a month the airfield was used by 363 FG consisting of 380, 381 and 382 FS, flying P-51 Mustangs on fighter and tactical reconnaissance missions.

USAAF abandoned the site on 15 September 1944.

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Service

Units

  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Group
    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

People

  • Lavern Alcorn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group

  • Julius Almond

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 387FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF. Flew 94 missions over France, Belgium, and Germany. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • Eugene Ammann

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group

  • Owen Azling

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aircraft Crew Chief | 365th Fighter Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Master Sergeant

  • Carrol Barnard

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | 365th Fighter Group

  • David Baumeister

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    On DS (detached service) for operational training. Flew four missions with the 335th Fighter Squadron. Awards: DFC, AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Baw

    Military | Captain | 365th Fighter Group

  • Norman Beaman

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group

  • Valmore Beaudrault

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group

  • Fermin Bennett

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | 365th Fighter Group

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2016 01:54:34 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

http://www.ronaldv.nl/abandoned/airfields/FR/lowernormandy/manche.html

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2016 01:41:09 466thHistorian Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date and history
Sources

http://www.ronaldv.nl/abandoned/airfields/FR/lowernormandy/manche.html

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