Cricqueville-en-Bessin

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Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Commune
La Pointe du Hoc
La Pointe du Hoc
Cricqueville-en-Bessin is located in France
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Location within Normandy region
Cricqueville-en-Bessin is located in Normandy
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Coordinates: 49°22′38″N 1°00′01″W / 49.3771°N 1.0002°W / 49.3771; -1.0002Coordinates: 49°22′38″N 1°00′01″W / 49.3771°N 1.0002°W / 49.3771; -1.0002
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Trévières
Intercommunality CC Isigny-Omaha Intercom
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Frédéric Pain
Area1 8.55 km2 (3.30 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 186
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 14204 /14450
Elevation 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.

Cricqueville-en-Bessin is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.

The municipality takes its name from its deep-water creek that forms a natural harbor, from Crycavilla.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

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.[1][2]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962197—    
1968200+1.5%
1975190−5.0%
1982157−17.4%
1990171+8.9%
1999182+6.4%
2008186+2.2%

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