Amiens – Glisy Aerodrome

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Amiens - Glisy Aerodrome
Aérodrome d'Amiens - Glisy
(former Advanced Landing Ground B-48)
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator CCI d’Amiens
Serves Amiens, France
Location Glisy
Elevation AMSL 208 ft / 63 m
Coordinates 49°52′23″N 002°23′13″E / 49.87306°N 2.38694°E / 49.87306; 2.38694Coordinates: 49°52′23″N 002°23′13″E / 49.87306°N 2.38694°E / 49.87306; 2.38694
Map
LFAY is located in Picardy
LFAY
LFAY
Location in Picardy region
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,300 4,265 Asphalt
12R/30L 900 2,953 Grass
Sources: AIP France,[1] UAF [2]

Amiens – Glisy Aerodrome (French: Aérodrome d'Amiens - Glisy,[2] ICAO: LFAY) is an airport serving Amiens, the capital city of the Somme department of the Picardy (Picardie) region in France. The airport is located 7 km (4 mi) east-southeast of Amiens, in Glisy.[1]

The airport is used for general aviation, with no commercial airline service.

History[edit]

During World War II the airport was used by the German Luftwaffe during the occupation of France. It was attacked by the United States Army Air Force on several occasions in the spring of 1944. Later, it was liberated by the British Second Army in August 1944. RAF and RNZAF de Havilland Mosquito operated from this field from August to November 1944 as the alied armies pushed west.

The airfield was then used by the Americans as a troop carrier and transport airfield flying C-47 Skytrain aircraft. It was known as Amiens/Glisy Airfield or Advanced Landing Ground B-48. Units that were assigned to the airfield were the 315th Troop Carrier Group (12AF) and 1st Troop Carrier Pathfinder Squadron (Provisional) (9th AF). It was also the headquarters of the Twelfth Air Force 52d Troop Carrier Wing. [3] Shortly after the war the 438th Troop Carrier Group (53rd Wing, 9th AF) was stationed from 18 May[4] - 25 July[5]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 208 feet (63 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,300 by 25 metres (4,265 ft × 82 ft). It also has a parallel unpaved runway with an grass surface measuring 900 by 100 metres (2,953 ft × 328 ft).[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c LFAY – Amiens Glisy. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c (in French) Aérodrome d'Amiens - Glisy (QAM / LFAY) Archived March 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. at Union des Aéroports Français
  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 (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5
    • 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.
  4. ^ *Philip E. Pierson, 1st Lt., Air Corps Historical Officer, 88th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, REEL A0993 (May 1945),Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  5. ^ 88th Troop Carrier Squadron Morning Reports (July 1945) St. Louis National Archives Personnel Records Center.

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