Bicqueley Airdrome

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Bicqueley Airdrome
Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)
Located near: Bicqueley, France
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50th Aero Squadron Dayton-Wright DH-4 in front of a canvas hangar, Bicqueley Airfield
Bicqueley Aerodrome is located in France
Bicqueley Aerodrome
Bicqueley Aerodrome
Coordinates 48°37′09″N 005°55′54″E / 48.61917°N 5.93167°E / 48.61917; 5.93167Coordinates: 48°37′09″N 005°55′54″E / 48.61917°N 5.93167°E / 48.61917; 5.93167[1]
Type Combat Airfield
Site information
Controlled by US Army Air Roundel.svg  Air Service, United States Army
Condition Agricultural area
Site history
Built 1918
In use 1918–1919
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World War I
Garrison information
Garrison I Corps Observation Group
United States First Army Air Service

Bicqueley Aerodrome was a temporary World War I airfield in France. It was located 1.0 mile (1.6 km) East-Southease from the commune of Bicqueley, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in northeastern France.

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The airfield was constructed by the 477th Aero Squadron (Construction) in late August 1918. It had eight French Bessonnenux aircraft hangars and two British RAF type hangars. The construction also erected eight wooden barracks and 7 other buildings for maintenance shops, headquarters and a small clinic.[2]

Bicqueley was turned over to the First Army Air Service I Corps Observation Group in early September, being used by the 50th Aero Squadron (Observation), flying De Havilland DH-4s as reconnaissance airfield over the Toul-Verdun Sector. The squadron was at Bicqueley between 8–24 September.[3]

The airfield was turned over to the French 211 Squadron in late September upon their demand for its use.[2]

Eventually the land was returned to agricultural use by the local farmers. Today, what was Bicqueley Airdrome is a series of cultivated fields located about one and one-half miles east-southeast of Bicqueley, with no indications of its wartime use.

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ Bicqueley Airfield
  2. ^ a b Series L, Miscellaneous Sections of the Air Service, Volume 11, History of the Design and Projects Section of the Construction Division, Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  3. ^ Series "D", Volume 2, Squadron histories,. Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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