Saint-Marceau, Sarthe

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The chapel of Saint Julien, in Saint Marceau
The chapel of Saint Julien, in Saint Marceau
Saint-Marceau is located in France
Location within Pays de la Loire region
Saint-Marceau is located in Pays de la Loire
Coordinates: 48°10′47″N 0°07′41″E / 48.1797°N 0.1281°E / 48.1797; 0.1281Coordinates: 48°10′47″N 0°07′41″E / 48.1797°N 0.1281°E / 48.1797; 0.1281
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Sarthe
Arrondissement Mamers
Canton Sillé-le-Guillaume
Intercommunality Pays Belmontais
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Dominique Boulard
Area1 8.91 km2 (3.44 sq mi)
Population (2006 [1])2 453
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Marcelin, Marceline
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 72297 /72170
Elevation 52–107 m (171–351 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.

Saint-Marceau is a commune in the Sarthe department in the region of Pays-de-la-Loire in north-western France.

World War II[edit]

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in August 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 31 August, the airfield was designated as "A-43". It was used by several combat units until November 1944 when the units moved to Central France and the airfield was closed.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Populations légales 2006 publiées par l’INSEE le 1er janvier 2009
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.