Montreuil Airfield

Montreuil Airfield
Montreuil Airfield (A-38)
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Centre Region, France
Montreuil Airfield is located in France
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Montreuil Airfield
Montreuil Airfield (France)
Type Military airfield
Coordinates 48°46′38″N 001°22′03″E / 48.77722°N 1.3675°E / 48.77722; 1.3675
Built by IX Engineering Command
Construction
materials
Prefabricated Hessian Surfacing (PHS)
In use September-October 1944
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Battles/wars Western Front (World War II)
  Eastern France/Benelux Campaign

Montreuil Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield, which is located near the commune of Montreuil in the Centre region of northern France.

Located just outside of Montreuil (likely located to the north of the town), the United States Army Air Force established a temporary airfield on 17 August 1944, shortly after the Allied landings in France The airfield was constructed by the IX Engineering Command, 820th Engineer Aviation Battalion.

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History

Known as Advanced Landing Ground "A-38", the airfield consisted of a single 5000' (1500m) Prefabricated Hessian Surfacing/Compressed Earth runway (3600 PHS/1400 ETH) aligned 01/19. In addition, tents were used for billeting and also for support facilities; an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure; a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums, along with a drinkable water and minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting.[1]

The 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Group, based a variety of reconnaissance aircraft at Montreuil from 4 September though 4 October1944.[2]

After the Americans moved east into Central France with the advancing Allied Armies, the airfield was closed on 5 October 1944. Today the long dismantled airfield is indistinguishable from the agricultural fields in the area.[3]

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References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ IX Engineer Command ETO Airfields, Airfield Layout
  2. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  3. ^ Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.


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