ALG A-22 C - Colleville-sur-Mer - Airfields in Normandy

ALG A-22 C – Colleville-sur-Mer – Airfields in Normandy

ALG A-22 C – Colleville-sur-Mer

Battle of Normandy

This page presents the history of ALG (Advanced Landing Groud) A-22 C, used by the 9th United States Air Force during the Battle of Normandy.

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9th United States Air Force

Localisation : Colleville-sur-Mer, Calvados (14)

Code : A-22 C (“Cargo”)

Coordinates: 49°20’17”N – 000°50’13”W

Construction: from June 30 to July 13, 1944 by the 816th Engineer Aviation Battalion (EAB)

Operational period: from July 13 to November 4, 1944

Airstrip: Prefabricated Bituminous Surfacing (PBS)

Length: 1 143 m (3 750 feet)

Width: 40 m (120 feet)

Azimuth: 93°

ALG A-22 C history:

ALG A-22 C is built one kilometer south of Colleville-sur-Mer in order to allow the supply of troops, the transport of authorities and the evacuation of wounded (hence the name “C” like Cargo).

The sappers build a track covered with PBS (Prefabricated Bituminous Surfacing). PBS, also known as “Hessian Mat”, is a solid coating consisting of layers of bitumen and Hessian fabric which is particularly meticulous and requires the use of special machines. It avoids the negative effects of mud and dust.