|Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)|
|near Mouroux, France|
Francheville Aerodrome, July 1918. Photographed by the 88th Aero Squadron
|Controlled by||Air Service, United States Army|
World War I
|Garrison||I Corps Observation Group
United States First Army Air Service
The airfield was built during the summer of 1918 as a primary operating base for the I Corps Observation Group. The mission of the base was battlefield reconnaissance over the I Corps area, providing aerial reconnaissance, written observations of enemy forces and performing artillery adjustments.
From Francheville, the squadrons of the group, the 1st, 12th and 88th Aero Squadrons, began flying over the lines northwest of Château-Thierry. It was a very active sector with many enemy aircraft. The aircraft flew reconnaissance from 3am to 8pm and nearly every sortie meant combat with the enemy. At the end of July, the group again moved to the Vesle Sector to perform reconnaissance prior to the St. Mihiel Offensive, and Francefille was abandoned. It was not used again by the Americans during the war.
After the armistice, the airfield was returned to the French and it was dismantled, being returned to agricultural use. Today it is a series of cultivated fields located to the northwest of Giremoutiers. The nearby World War II Coulommiers Airfield is about 1 km to the west. Today, the agricultural fields of Francheville show no indication of its aviation past.
Known units assigned
- Headquarters, I Corps Observation Group, 6–30 July 1918
- 1st Aero Squadron (Observation) 6–22 July 1918
- 12th Aero Squadron (Observation) 6–22 July 1918
- 88th Aero Squadron (Observation) 7 July–4 August 1918
- Series "D", Volume 2, Squadron histories,. Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C.