Francheville Aerodrome

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Francheville Aerodrome
Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)
near Mouroux, France
Francheville Aerodrome.jpg
Francheville Aerodrome, July 1918. Photographed by the 88th Aero Squadron
Francheville Aerodrome is located in France
Francheville Aerodrome
Francheville Aerodrome
Coordinates 48°51′01″N 03°02′34″E / 48.85028°N 3.04278°E / 48.85028; 3.04278Coordinates: 48°51′01″N 03°02′34″E / 48.85028°N 3.04278°E / 48.85028; 3.04278
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 1918–19
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World War I
Garrison information
Garrison I Corps Observation Group
United States First Army Air Service

Francheville Aerodrome was a temporary World War I airfield in France. It was located 1.9 miles (3.1 km) North of Mouroux, in the Île-de-France region in north-central France.


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.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • 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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