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The church of Saint-Hilaire
The church of Saint-Hilaire
Méautis is located in France
Coordinates: 49°16′42″N 1°17′59″W / 49.2784°N 1.2997°W / 49.2784; -1.2997Coordinates: 49°16′42″N 1°17′59″W / 49.2784°N 1.2997°W / 49.2784; -1.2997
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Saint-Lô
Canton Carentan
Intercommunality Carentan-en-Cotentin
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marie-Christine Mette
Area1 16.98 km2 (6.56 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 651
 • Density 38/km2 (99/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50298 /50500
Elevation 0–29 m (0–95 ft)
(avg. 42 m or 138 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.

Méautis is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

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 17 August, the airfield was designated as "A-17", it was used by the 50th Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until early September when the unit moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was closed.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.