aliases: Équeurdreville, Martinvast
|Part of Nazi Germany|
|Équeurdreville-Hainneville, in Manche, France|
|Dwight Eisenhower visiting the Brécourt1 V-1 flying bomb facility near Cherbourg|
|In use||never used|
bombed November 11, 1943
captured July, 1944
Brécourt was a Nazi Germany bunker started inside an underground French Naval oil storage facility. On July 7, 1943, the site was ordered to be completed as a V-2 rocket launch facility. Early in 1944, the facility was converted to a V-1 flying bomb launch facility and subsequently completed.
The military installation was virtually undetectable by aerial observation, although the 387th Bombardment Group records indicate Operation Crossbow bombing of the "Martinvast V-1 site" on November 11, 1943. The Allies captured the site a few days before July 4, 1944, and both Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill subsequently visited the facility – the latter reportedly dropping an apple he was eating in astonishment of the massive facility.
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