Villeneuve-Vertus Airfield

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Villeneuve-Vertus Airfield
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) A-63
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Champagne-Ardenne Region, France

Villeneuve-Vertus Airfield is located in France
Villeneuve-Vertus Airfield
Villeneuve-Vertus Airfield
Villeneuve-Vertus Airfield (France)
Coordinates 48°54′19″N 004°00′07″E / 48.90528°N 4.00194°E / 48.90528; 4.00194
Type Military airfield
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built by IX Engineering Command
In use September 1944-May 1945
Materials Grass

Villeneuve-Vertus Airfield is an abandoned World War II military airfield, which is located near the commune of Vertus in the Champagne-Ardenne department of northern France.

Located just near the commune, it was a United States Army Air Force temporary airfield established during the Northern France Campaign in September 1944. Its primary use was for C-47 Skytrain transport of Army airborne parachute units, and for resupply of ground forces and casualty evacuation.

History[edit]

Known as Advanced Landing Ground "A-63", the airfield consisted of a single 3600' grass runway aligned 07/25. In addition, with tents were used for billeting and also for support facilities; an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure; a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums, along with a drinkable water and minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting.[1]

Combat units stationed at the airfield were the 441st Troop Carrier Group, which based C-47 Skytrain transports at the field from 8 September until 2 October 1944.[2]

After the Americans moved east with the advancing Allied Armies, the airfield did not have any active unit assigned, but was manned with a minimal support unit for casualty evacuation and supply transports. It was closed on 23 May 1945, and the land was returned to its owners. Today there is little or no physical evidence of its existence or its location.[3]

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ IX Engineer Command ETO Airfields, Airfield Layout
  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.
  3. ^ 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.

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