Ambérieu-en-Bugey Air Base

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Ambérieu-en-Bugey Air Base

Base aérienne 278 Ambérieu-en-Bugey Roundel of France.svg

Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) Y-5
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Jodel D140C Mousquetaire
Summary
Airport typeMilitary / Public Use
OwnerGovernment of France
OperatorArmée de l'air
LocationAmbérieu-en-Bugey, France
Elevation AMSL823 ft / 251 m
Coordinates45°59′14″N 005°19′42″E / 45.98722°N 5.32833°E / 45.98722; 5.32833Coordinates: 45°59′14″N 005°19′42″E / 45.98722°N 5.32833°E / 45.98722; 5.32833
Map
LFXA is located in Ain
LFXA
LFXA
Location of airport in Ain department
Location of Ain department in France
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
02/20 800 2,625 Grass
Sources:[1][2]

Ambérieu-en-Bugey Air Base (French: Base aérienne 278 Ambérieu-en-Bugey) (ICAO: LFXA) is a front-line French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air or ALA) base located approximately 5 km north-northwest of Ambérieu-en-Bugey, in the Ain department of the Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France.

Overview[edit]

Ambérieu-en-Bugey Air Base is a primary repair depot and supply centre for avionics, ground telecommunication equipment, navigation aids and the manufacture of simple equipment.

It also supports calibration and repair of all Armée de l'Air precision measuring equipment and the manufacture and repair of aircrew survival equipment.

Ambérieu has two Jodel D140C Mousquetaire aircraft assigned for courier duty.

World War II[edit]

The air base was constructed during World War II as all-weather temporary field built by the United States Army Air Forces XII Engineer Command during late August 1944 after German forces were removed from the area. It was built on a graded surface using Pierced Steel Planking for runways and parking areas, as well as for dispersal sites. In addition, tents were used for billeting and also for support facilities; an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure; a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums, along with a drinkable water and minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting. The airfield was known as Ambérieu Airfield or Advanced Landing Ground Y-5.

It was turned over for operational use by Twelfth Air Force on 6 September. The 324th Fighter Group, which flew P-40 Warhawks from the field during September 1944, after which it moved up to Tavaux. Once the P-47s moved out, Ambérieu Airfield became a rear area support base operated by the 1st Air Service Squadron for transport aircraft moving supplies and equipment to the front.

With the end of the war in Europe in May, 1945 the Americans began to withdraw their aircraft and personnel. Control of the airfield was turned over to French authorities on 29 May 1945.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 823 feet (251 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 01/19 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,000 by 30 metres (6,562 ft × 98 ft) and 02/20 with a grass surface measuring 800 by 100 metres (2,625 ft × 328 ft).[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Airport information for LFXA from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for LFXA at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
    • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
    • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.
    • 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.