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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

  • John Cave

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

  • Marshall Cloke

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    Col USAF retired CO 380th FS 363rd FG CO 355th FS 354th FG 2 air kills

  • Marcel DuPont

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

  • David Harmon

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot / Asst group Op's Officer | 365th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 386 365BG, 9AF USAAF. Assistant group Operations Officer. On a dive bombing mission in support of V Corps, having seen heavy AA fire whilst bombing German tank positions. Set up a strafing pass on flak positions and was hit by a 20mm round...

  • James Hill

    Military | General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 365th Fighter Group
    CO 388th FS 365th FG 127 comabt missions 1944-45 with 5 air kills. ...

  • Donald Hillman

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/DeputyGroup Commander | 365th Fighter Group
    CO 386th FS Deputy Gp CO 365th FG 146 missions 5 air kills MIA/POW Oct 7, 1944. MACR #9644 Post War: CO 94th FS (was on the cover of Life Magazine) CO 42nd BW and 92nd BW flying B-52s. Col USAF retired on Sep[t. 1, 1962.

  • Louis Houck

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander | 365th Fighter Group

  • Lloyd Hutchins

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

  • Felix Kozaczka

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Wingman 382nd FS 363rd FG P-51B 1 kill first combat tour Flight leader 356th FS 354th FG P-47D/P-51D 2 kills 2nd combat tour

  • William Ritchie

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot - Squuadron Commander | 365th Fighter Group
    Colonel Ritchie served in Vietnam and was Commander over several bases in Vietnam. He worked at the Pentagon and later retired in Hilton Head, SC.

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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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