Cricqueville

Airfield

Object Number - UPL 17028 - A-2 Cricqueville Airfield Advanced Landing Ground The 354th FG used this field June-August 1944

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Detailed History

Cricqueville airfield (also known as Advanced Landing Ground A-2 or Cricqueville-en-Bessin airfield) was an airfield on the Normandy beachhead in France.
The airfield was completed by the 820th Engineer Aviation Battalion, 11 days after the D-Day landings in France. It became home to two fighter groups:
354th Fighter Group, with P-51 Mustangs from 22 June through 13 August 1944.
367th Fighter Group, with P-38 Lightnings from 14 August though 4 September 1944.
Like all fighter units stationed at advanced landing grounds both Fighter Groups were tasked with patroling roads in front of the beachhead and attacking german vehicles, troop concentrations and weapons.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 355th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-744674
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 353rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-730341
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 353rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-744680
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 356th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-745279
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 356th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-710653
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Nicknames: Big Jim
  • Unit: 367th Fighter Group 393rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Sonava Buggar El-Lobo
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 359th Fighter Group 356th Fighter Squadron 368th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Short-Snorter - The Stars Look Down
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 355th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 355th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Arson's Reward
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 353rd Fighter Squadron

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Date2 Jul 2015 01:53:27
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