Orconte Airfield

Orconte Airfield
Orconte Airfield (A-66)
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Champagne-Ardenne Region, France
Orconte Airfield is located in France
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Orconte Airfield
Orconte Airfield (France)
Type Military airfield
Coordinates 48°40′14″N 004°44′10″E / 48.67056°N 4.73611°E / 48.67056; 4.73611
Built by IX Engineering Command
Construction
materials
Prefabricated Hessian Surfacing (PHS)
In use September-December 1944
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces

Orconte Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield, which is located near the commune of Orconte in the Marne department of northern France.

Located probably north of the commune, it was a United States Army Air Force temporary airfield established during the Northern France Campaign in September 1944. Its primary use was for P-47 Thunderbolt fighters of the Ninth Air Force 354th Fighter Group.

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History

Known as Advanced Landing Ground "A-66", the airfield consisted of a single 5000' Prefabricated Hessian Surfacing (PHS) runway aligned 11/29. In addition, with 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]

Combat units stationed at the airfield were the 354th Fighter Group, between 14 September-16 October 1944 which flew support missions during the Allied invasion of Normandy, patrolling roads in front of the beachhead; stafing German military vehicles and dropping bombs on gun emplacements, anti-aircraft artillery and concentrations of German troops when spotted.[2]

After the Americans moved east with the advancing Allied Armies, the airfield was used for transport of supplies and evacuating combat casualties. It was closed on 1 December 1944, and the land was returned to its owners. Today there is little or no physical evidence of its existence or its location.[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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