ALG A-6 - La Londe - Beuzeville-au-Plain - Airfields in Normandy

ALG A-6 – La Londe – Beuzeville-au-Plain – Airfields in Normandy

ALG A-6 – Beuzeville-au-Plain – La Londe

Battle of Normandy

This page presents the history of ALG (Advanced Landing Groud) A-6, used by the 9th United States Air Force during the Battle of Normandy.

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9th United States Air Force

Localisation: Beuzeville-au-Plain – La Londe, Manche (50)

Code: A-6

Coordinates: 49°25’15”N – 000°17’11”W

Construction: from June 7 to 15, 1944 by the 819th Engineer Aviation Battalion (EAB)

Operational period: from June 15 to September 18, 1944

Length: 1 524 m (5 000 feet)

Width: 36,57 m (120 feet)

Azimuth: 54°

Airstrip: Square-Mesh Track (SMT)

Units:

– 367th Fighter Group (392nd Fighter Squadron, 393rd Fighter Squadron, 394th Fighter Squadron) using P-38 Lightning.

– 371st Fighter Group (404th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Squadron,406th Fighter Squadron) using P-47 Thunderbolt.

ALG A-6 history:

The first reconnaissance to select the location of the future ALG A-6 is under fire from June 7, 1944: after three days of work in the area of the farm La Londe between Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Beuzeville-au-Plain, the first Allied planes landed there (three Spitfire fighters piloted by Polish volunteers).

The ALG A-6 becomes the main base of the 371st Fighter Group.

Vestiges :

– Commemorative stele on the departmental road 17, two kilometers north-east of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, near the place called La Londe.