Lonrai

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Lonrai
Lonrai is located in France
Lonrai
Lonrai
Coordinates: 48°27′36″N 0°02′22″E / 48.4601°N 0.0395°E / 48.4601; 0.0395Coordinates: 48°27′36″N 0°02′22″E / 48.4601°N 0.0395°E / 48.4601; 0.0395
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Alençon
Canton Alençon-1
Intercommunality Alençon
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Hervé Quérel
Area1 6.14 km2 (2.37 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 945
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61234 / 61250
Elevation 141–167 m (463–548 ft)
(avg. 160 m or 520 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lonrai is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France.

World War II[edit]

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in August 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground outside of the town. Declared operational on 3 September, the airfield was designated as "A-45", it was used by several combat units until November when the units moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was closed.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  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.