Orconte

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Orconte
The church in Orconte
The church in Orconte
Coat of arms of Orconte
Coat of arms
Location of Orconte
Orconte is located in France
Orconte
Orconte
Orconte is located in Grand Est
Orconte
Orconte
Coordinates: 48°40′14″N 4°44′10″E / 48.6706°N 4.7361°E / 48.6706; 4.7361Coordinates: 48°40′14″N 4°44′10″E / 48.6706°N 4.7361°E / 48.6706; 4.7361
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentMarne
ArrondissementVitry-le-François
CantonSermaize-les-Bains
IntercommunalityPerthois
Government
 • MayorFrançois Paul
Area
1
13.65 km2 (5.27 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
406
 • Density30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
51417 /51300
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Orconte is a commune in the Marne department in north-eastern France.

Second World War[edit]

Captain Antoine de Saint Exupery (1900- 1944) stayed in the commune during winter 1939, with the Groupe de Grande Reconnaissance 2/33 (Reconnaissance Group II/23). He evokes this period and the farm (opposite the church) where he lived in Pilote de guerre, translated into English as Flight to Arras.

In September 1944, the United States Army Air Forces established a temporary airfield Advanced Landing Ground, known as "A-66" near Orconte. The Ninth Air Force 354th Fighter Group flew P-51 Mustangs and P-47 Thunderbolts from the airfield from 15 September until 11 December 1944. The unit moved east with the advancing Allied armies and the airfield was dismantled with the land being returned to agricultural use.[2][3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ USAAF Airfields in the ETO
  3. ^ AAF Airfields in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Air Force History Index retrieval of USAFHRA documents relating to Orconte, France (1940-1945)