Its facilities consisted of a tent city, an access road to the existing road infrastructure, a dump containing fuel, food, water and ammunition, and en minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting.
Asch was home to the USAAF 352FG (P-51 Mustangs) and 366FG (P-47 Thunderbolts) between 19 November 1944 and 11 April 1945.
Between 8 February and 15 April 1945 it also based 406FG (P-47 Thunderbolts).
These units were all tasked with disrupting German operations ahead of the beachhead, strafing anything german they encountered.
On the start of Operation Bodenplatte (the German counterattack through the Ardennes) on 1 January 1945 Asch was the site of a major aerial battle, which later became known as "The Legend of Asch".
When the fighter units moved out Asch became home to 391BG (B-26 Marauders) until 27 May 1947.
With the end of the war in Europe the airfield was closed and abandoned on 20 June 1945.
Today, nothing but a small memorial reminds of the airfield, which is partly in a wooded area at Zutendaal Air Base, and partly at the other end of Highway E314.
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The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...
The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...
"The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 Single Engine | 352nd Fighter Group
P-51K s/n 44-11654 PZ+T "Lil Evey"
Military | Sergeant | Assistant Crew Chief "Miss GENNY CLOUD" | 352nd Fighter Group
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
With the World at War, Anthony H. Goebel (age 24) felt compelled to enlist in military service and reluctantly left his young, wartime bride to join the US Army Air Corps in 1942. After qualifying to become a pilot, Flight Cadet Goebel completed two...
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Engineering and Systems) from December 1981 to March 1987. Authored the book "Ace!" published by Branden Publishing Company, copyright 1992
Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 76 combat missions over Europe, totalling 272 combat hours. Credited with 5 kills, including downing 2 x 190's and 2 x 109's on 1-Jan-45 over his home base of Asch, Belgium/Y-29. Additionally credited 1 x...
Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 366th Fighter Group
Assigned to 390FS, 366FG, 9AF USAAF. Took off, leading section, on close support mission, just as Luftwaffe attacked Asch A/D [Operation Bodenplatte]. Salvoed bombs and mixed it with Fw190's claiming 2 x kills in vicinity of base A/D. ...
Military | Captain | Pilot B-26 Marauder & A-26 Invader
Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief of "Miss GENNY CLOUD" | 352nd Fighter Group
Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Flow in combat by Anthony H. Goebel. Crew chief: S/Sgt. Joe R. Zoppi, Asst. Crew Chief: Sgt. Richard L. Funk
Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.
|02 July 2015 01:40:17||466thHistorian||Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date, closure date, history and media associations|
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