ALG B-16 – Villons-les-Buissons

Battle of Normandy

This page presents the history of ALG (Advanced Landing Groud) B-16, used by the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Normandy.

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2nd Tactical Air Force

Location: Villons-les-Buissons, Calvados (14)

Code: B-16

Coordinates: 49°14’07”N – 000°24’29”W

Construction: from July 13 to 20, 1944 by the Royal Engineers 25th Airfield Construction Group

Operational period: from July 20 to September 9, 1944

Length: 1 700 m

Width: 40 m

Azimuth: 306°

Airstrip: Square-Mesh Track (SMT) & Pierced Steel Plank (PSP)


Image : drapeau anglais - Union Jack  Image : drapeau Norvège

– 132 Wing (66 squadron, 127 squadron, 331 squadron – Norway, 332 squadron – Norway) using Spitfire aircraft.

ALG B-16 history:

The construction of the ALG B-16 runway poses serious problems for the sappers of the 25th Airfield Construction Group who have to cope with a terrain polluted by numerous mines and other battle relics. If the works are officially completed on July 20, 1944, they continue however until August 10.

This aerodrome is the base of 132 Wing, which is armed by two squadrons of Norwegian volunteers serving in the Royal Air Force.


– Monument in memory of the Norwegian squadrons in Villons-les-Buissons.

– Memorial stele between Villons-les-Buissons and Cambes-en-Plaine. – Reproduction subject to authorization of the author – Contact