La Pointe du Hoc
|Intercommunality||CC Isigny-Omaha Intercom|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Frédéric Pain|
|Area1||8.55 km2 (3.30 sq mi)|
|• Density||22/km2 (56/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||14204 /14450|
0–39 m (0–128 ft) |
(avg. 50 m or 160 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.
The municipality takes its name from its deep-water creek that forms a natural harbor, from Crycavilla.
World War II
Just outside Cricqueville, the United States Army Air Forces established an airfield shortly after D-Day on 9 June 1944, just three days after the Allied landings in France. The airfield was one of the first established in the liberated area of Normandy. Known as Advanced Landing Ground "A-2" (Cricqueville), it was used from early June though September 1944. After the Americans moved east into Central France, the airfield was dismantled and the land returned to agricultural use.
- Communes of the Calvados department
- Pointe du Hoc, a point of attack by the United States Army during the Battle of Normandy
- AAF Airfields in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Air Force History Index
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