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Beuzeville

Military site : airfield

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49°25'22"N 001°17'39"W

Runway: 06/24 - 1500x45meters/5000x120feet - SMT

Air field Beuzeville (ALG A-6 Beuzeville, also known as La Londe) was an Advanced Landing Ground near Utah Beach in Normandy, France.
The airfield was built just outside Ste-Mère-Église by IX Engineering Command, 819th Engineer Aviation Battallion. It was declared operational on 14 June, 8 days after D-Day, and served as the first airfield on the beachhead.
Combat units stationed at the airfield were 371FG (404,405 and 406FS, flying P-47 Thunderbolts) and 367FG (392,393 and 394FS, flying P-38 Lightnings). The airfield was in operational use from 15 June 1944 until 18 September 1944. Its flying units flew close air support and air defense missions above and just in front of the front line.
According to the IX Engineer Command website the airstrip was released back to its owners on 18 September.

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People

  • Laurence Blumer

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Five German Luftwaffe airplanes during World War II were shot down in less than 15 minutes by one pilot who was born and raised in North Dakota. Because of this, Larry "Scrappy" Blumer earned the title Fastest Ace in the West. For his actions during...

  • Joseph Griffin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1056-Twin Engine Squadron Commander | 367th Fighter Group
    CO 392nd FS 367th FG 4 kills P-38J ETO 1943-44 Flight leader 75th FS 23rd FG 3 kills P-40K CBI 1942-43 Col USAF retired

  • 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

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Date Contributor Update
10 September 2016 03:00:17 466thHistorian Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date, closure date and history
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/france/lower-normandy/manche/beuzevill...

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