Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Saint-Dizier

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

During the Liberation of France, the airfield was sized by Allied Forces during September, 1944 and taken over by the United States Army Air Force. The IX Engineer Command repaired the war-damaged base and it was designated by the Americans as Saint-Dizier Airfield or Advanced Landing Ground A-64. It was turned over to the Ninth Air Force for operational use on 9 October for fighter and reconnaissance units, as well as for command and control. The following known USAAF units operated from the airfield:
HQ, 100th Fighter Wing, 19 September-29 December 1944.
27th Fighter Group, February–March 1945, A-36 Apache (12th AF)
367th Fighter Group, 1 February-14 May 1945, P-47 Thunderbolt
405th Fighter Group, 14 September 1944-9 February 1945, P-47 Thunderbolt
10th Reconnaissance Group, September–November 1944 (Various photo-reconnaissance aircraft)

With the end of the war in Europe in May, 1945 the Americans began to withdraw their aircraft and personnel. Right after the war, some captured Messerschmitt Me 262s landed at the base, on their way to channel ports to be shipped to the United States for evaluation (Operation Lusty). Control of the airfield was turned over to French authorities on 5 July.[7]

In 1950/51 when as a result of the Cold War threat of the Soviet Union, Saint Dizier-Robinson Air Base was proposed by the United States Air Force to become a NATO light bomber air base as part of a NATO commitment to establish a modern Air Force Base at the site. In the ongoing negotiations, the site was ultimately rejected.[8]

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Service

Units

  • 367th Fighter Group

    367th Fighter Group

    Group
    367TH FIGHTER GROUP ...

  • 405th Fighter Group

    405th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 405th Fighter Group was a fighter bomber unit of the United States Army Air Force in World War II. They group flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) starting with the buildup to the Invasion of Normandy ("D-Day") through...

  • 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • 27th Fighter Group

    27th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 27th went through two different incarnations during the Second World War. As the 27th Bombardment Group it fought in the Philippines and Java in 1941-42. It was then reformed in the US and sent to North Africa, where it eventually became the 27th...

  • 2059th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon

People

  • Clinton Albright

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 405th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 511FS, 405FG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF. End of War.

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | photographer
    He was a photo reconnaissance pilot with the Army Air Corps, flew missions from France and Belgium, including the Battle of the Bulge, in the winter of 1944/1945. Born February 20, 1924 and raised in San Leandro California, Bob enlisted at the age of...

  • Arlie Blood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 405th Fighter Group

  • Clyde East

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | fighter pilot-1055 single engine/squadron commander | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    RCAF June 1941 - Jan 1944 ...

  • Richard Hite

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    He was trained as a P-38 pilot trained in photo-recon but was assigned to the 9th Air Force's 326th Ferrying Squadron based out of Paris. He was killed at or near St. Dizier airfield in France Jan 8, 1945.

  • Ralph Jenkins

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, squadron commander | 405th Fighter Group
    Ralph C. Jenkins: Was a 25 year old Flight Commander flying Thunderbolt fighters in the 510th Squadron, 405th Group 9th Air Force. Became Squadron Commander and flew 129 combat missions beginning on D-Day Normandy. After airfield estabished in...

  • Clyde Knisley

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 405th Fighter Group
    CO 510th FS 405th FG "White Leader" 1 air kill on Dec. 24, 1944. KIA by flak while strafing near the Luxembourg border on Jan. 19, 1945. MACR #11844 Previously in the SW Pacific theater with the 7th FS 49th FG flying P-40 Warhawks.

  • Clark Livingston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 367th Fighter Group

  • Stanley Pacek

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 367th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 393rd FS 367th FG 65 combat missions 2 kills Shot downed by flak while strafing train on March 30, 1945 MACR #13183 POW for 10 days until liberated. P-47D s/n 44-33037 8L+C Lt Col USAF retired

  • Daryl Shaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane & Engine Mechanic | 405th Fighter Group
    Staff Sergeant Daryl F Shaffer served as an Airplane & Engine Mechanic, and Rifle MKM, in the 9th Air Force's 405th Fighter Group, 511th Fighter Squadron.

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 02:22:54 466thHistorian Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date, history and media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Share