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Église de Cretteville.jpg
Cretteville is located in France
Coordinates: 49°20′35″N 1°23′19″W / 49.343°N 1.3887°W / 49.343; -1.3887Coordinates: 49°20′35″N 1°23′19″W / 49.343°N 1.3887°W / 49.343; -1.3887
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Carentan
Intercommunality Baie du Cotentin
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Lerouvillois
Area1 6.83 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 219
 • Density 32/km2 (83/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50153 /50250
Elevation 2–37 m (6.6–121.4 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 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.

Cretteville is a former commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the commune of Picauville.[1]

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 4 July, the airfield was designated as "A-14", it was used by the 358th Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until mid-August when the unit moved into Central France. The 406th Fighter Group took its place at the airfield and continued to fly P-47s until early September. Afterward, the airfield was closed.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 23 December 2015 (in French)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.