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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.

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  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 367th Fighter Group

    367th Fighter Group


  • 555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

    555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

    The Signal Aircraft Warning Battalions that were in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) were US Army Signal Corps units who worked with Army Air Corps Fighter Control Squadrons primarily to direct fighters and fighter-bombers to their targets. ...


  • Gus Allen

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 Single Engine | 354th Fighter Group
    2.5 air kills 4 ground kills

  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    CO 353rd FS 354th FG 9th AF ...

  • Carl Bickel

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    5 kill ace Hub stands for Head Up (his ass) Bickel.

  • Floyd Brandt

    Military | Captain | fighter pilot-1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 356th FS 354th FG (2 combat tours) 1942-45 134 missions 3 air kills + 1 ground kill

  • Cecil Buchanan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    wingman-element leader-flight leader 356th FS 354th FG 1944-45

  • James Carl

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Born in Fayetteville, AR in 1921. Grew up in Quapaw,OK. Graduated Quapaw HS in 1941. Entered AAC Dec 27, 1941. Married Wilma Joyce Phillips April 8, 1944 in Tallahasse, FL. Flew 86 Combat missions in France and Germany. Lives in Catoosa, OK.

  • William Davis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 355th FS 354th FG 4 confirmed kills (2 1/2 FW-190s + 1 1/2 ME-109s) +1 probable + 6 damaged air-to-air. Lt Col USAF retired First pilot to fly 50 P-51 combat missions.....

  • Allen Diefendorf

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 367th Fighter Group
    Allen J. Diefendorf was a graduate of Class 43-J, Foster Field, Texas. After further training in California, he sailed to England on the HMS Aquitania. He docked at Glasgow on July 24th, and joined the 367th Fighter Group, Ninth Air Force. He arrived...

  • Glenn Eagleston

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF flying P-39's stateside. Transferred to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF flying P-47's and P-51's. Glenn Eagleston was an ace pilot, having been credited with a total of 20.5 aircraft during World War II and Korea. ...

  • James Edwards

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Fighter pilot RCAF, AAF, USAF 56 Squadron Typhoon Mk Ib 150 missions 356th FS P-51B CA ANG F-86F

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  • 43-7169

    P-51 Mustang
    Hit by Allied anti-aircraft fire. Pilot, Flight Officer Daniel L Richards, was Killed in Action. ...

  • 44-13948 Arson's Reward

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51D # 44-13948 took off from ALS #2 in Cricqueville, France and was piloted by Captain Wallace N. Emmer on a 9 August 1944 afternoon patrol mission to the Reims, France area. Hit by Flak in the center of the fuselage, it lost large pieces of its...

  • 43-12478 'Sonava Buggar' 'El-Lobo'

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51B 43-12478 AJ+Q 'Sonava, 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. Flown by Capt Jim Edwards x-RCAF Typhoon pilot who scored 5 kills in it. Transferred to the 368th FS 8th AF has CV+P and flown by 1Lt Emory C Cook.

  • 44-63656 Dayton Demon

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-23677 Little Buckaroo

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-68059 Big Jim

    P-38 Lightning

  • 44-23628 Hey Stuff

    P-38 Lightning

  • 44-20473

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Glenn T. Eagleston.

  • 43-6877 "Short-Snorter" - ''The Stars Look Down''

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51B s/n 43-6877 was originally GQ+Z "Short-Snorter" and flown by 1Lt John Carpenter. It was ground looped on May 27, 1944 and rebuilt has a 2 seater by SSgt Prudhomme and Sgt Barone.


Date Contributor Update
27 July 2015 00:45:23 466thHistorian Changes to name

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 01:53:27 466thHistorian Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history

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