|Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)|
|Located near: Saints, France|
Lt Roger W. “Cap” Rowland of the 27th Aero Squadron with his SPAD 13 C.1, August 1918. Rowland was a hero in his hometown of Springfield, MA, he was credited with shooting down three planes and unofficially with downing nine others in 15 air combats.
|Controlled by||Air Service, United States Army|
World War I
|Garrison||1st Pursuit Group
I Corps Observation Group
United States First Army Air Service
The airfield was built during the spring of 1918, and initially was used by the United States First Army Air Service, I Corps Observation Group at the end of June. Saints was a main operating base for First Army and its mission was primarily battlefield (tactical) intelligence to support the ground operations of I Corps in the Aisne-Marne Sector. However, I Corps moved to the Champagne-Marne sector during the German offensive in early July and the group moved to Francheville Aerodrome on 6 July.
The 1st Pursuit Group moved into Saints shortly afterwards with four pursuit (fighter) squadrons and began flying offensive combat patrols over the Aisne-Marne Sector. From Saints, the group engaged in combat during the German offensives in the Champagne-Marne and also the Aisne-Marne during the summer of 1918, and fought in the St. Mihiel Offensive. By early September the front had moved and the 1st Pursuit Group moved up to Rembercourt Aerodrome to be closer to the front lines.
With the 1st Pursuit Group moving out, Saints Aerodrome was abandoned and was unused for the remainder of the war. It was turned over to the French and after the armistice it was returned to agricultural use. Today it is a series of cultivated fields located north of Saints. The airfield was located to the north of the Départmental 15 (D15), with no indications of its wartime use.
Known units assigned
- Headquarters, I Corps Observation Group, 29 June-6 July 1918
- 1st Aero Squadron (Observation) 29 June-6 July 1918
- 12th Aero Squadron (Observation) 29 June-6 July 1918
- Headquarters, 1st Pursuit Group, 9 July-1 September 1918
- 27th Aero Squadron (Pursuit) 9 July-3 September 1918
- Flight operated from Verdun Aerodrome, 25 September–November 1918
- 94th Aero Squadron (Pursuit) 9 July-1 September 1918
- 95th Aero Squadron (Pursuit) 9 July-2 September 1918
- 147th Aero Squadron (Pursuit) 9 July-1 September 1918
- Series "D", Volume 2, Squadron histories,. Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C.