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Chateau of Vaulaville
Chateau of Vaulaville
Coat of arms of Tour-en-Bessin
Coat of arms
Tour-en-Bessin is located in France
Coordinates: 49°17′51″N 0°46′41″W / 49.2975°N 0.77810°W / 49.2975; -0.77810Coordinates: 49°17′51″N 0°46′41″W / 49.2975°N 0.77810°W / 49.2975; -0.77810
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Trévières
Intercommunality Trévières
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Frédéric Renaud
Area1 10.31 km2 (3.98 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 584
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14700 / 14400
Elevation 20–77 m (66–253 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.

Tour-en-Bessin is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.


World War II[edit]

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in 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 28 July, the airfield was designated as "A-13", it was used by several fighter and bomber units until mid-September. Afterward, the airfield was used for resupply and casualty transport. It was closed in early December.[1][2]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 414 —    
1968 452 +9.2%
1975 418 −7.5%
1982 421 +0.7%
1990 512 +21.6%
1999 504 −1.6%
2008 584 +15.9%

See also[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.