RAF Airfields in Mainland Europe, 1944-45

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Location of RAF airfields B.23 – B.54 [Martin Waligorski, with satellite imagery by NASA] Push Through France Following the breakout from the Normandy beachhead ...
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Location of RAF airfields B.23 – B.54
[Martin Waligorski, with satellite imagery by NASA]

Push Through France

Following the breakout from the Normandy beachhead area in mid-August 1944, the bulk of the German resistance in France had been broken and the campaign turned into a rapid push across France. In terms of tactical air support, this period was characterized by the “leapfrogging” of RAF units as they alternately occupied and abandoned airfields behind the front lines.

B.23 – B.54
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Code Airfield Country Location Latitude, longitude Comments
B.23 Morainville France View in Google Earth 49?13’N 00?27’E  
B.24 Saint-Andr?de-l’Eure France View in Google Earth 48?54’N 01?15’E  
B.25 Le Tr?ort, Le Theil Nolent France View in Google Earth 49?10’N 00?31’E  
B.26 Illiers l’Eveque France View in Google Earth 48?51’N 01?14’E  
B.27 Boisney France View in Google Earth 49?09’N 00?38’E  
B.28 Evreux, Fauville France View in Google Earth 49?02’N 01?13’E  
B.29 Valailles, Bernay France View in Google Earth 49?06’N 00?36’E  
B.30 Cr?on, Orne France View in Google Earth 48?51’N 01?20’E  
B.31 Fresnoy-Folny, Londini?e France View in Google Earth 49?53’N 01?26’E  
B.32 Prey  France   48?58’N 01?14’E Not used
B.33 Campneuseville France View in Google Earth 49?51’N 01?38’E  
B.34 Avrill? Angers France View in Google Earth 47?30’N 00?34’W  
B.35 Baromesnil France View in Google Earth 50?00’N 01?24’E  
B.36 Boussey     48?56’N 01?24’E Not used
B.37 Tours-en-Vimeu, Corroy France View in Google Earth 50?02’N 01?38’E  
B.38 La Lande France View in Google Earth 48?57’N 01?20’E  
B.39 Ecouffier France     Not used
B.40 Nivillers, Beauvais France View in Google Earth 49?28’N 02?09’E  
B.41 Plouvy France View in Google Earth 50?40’N 02?08’E  
B.42 Till? Beauvais France View in Google Earth 49?27’N 02?07’E Shared with Americans as A.61
B.43 Fort Rouge, St Omer France View in Google Earth 50?44’N 02?19’E  
B.44 Poix France View in Google Earth 49?48’N 01?58’E  
B.45 Longuenesse, St. Omer France View in Google Earth 50?44’N 02?14’E  
B.46 Grandvilliers   France View in Google Earth 49?41’N 01?56’E  
B.47         Unassigned
B.48 Glisy, Amiens France View in Google Earth 49?52’N 02?23’E  
B.49         Unassigned
B.50 Vitry-en-Artois, Douai France View in Google Earth 50?21’N 02?59’E  
B.51 Vendeville, Lille France View in Google Earth 50?34’N 03?05’E  
B.52 Douai, Dechy France View in Google Earth 50?22’N 03?30’E  
B.53 Merville France View in Google Earth 50?37’N 02?39’E  
B.54 Achiet France View in Google Earth 50?06’N 02?47’E  

 

One of the more interesting airfield layouts to be seen in Google Earth is Evreux-Fauville. Originally a pre-war Armee de l’Air station, Evreux was used by the Luftwaffe throughout German occupation of France and it was heavily bombed by the Allies. When the Allied ground forces seized the airfield within a month of the Normandy invasion, the runways and taxiways were useless due to bomb craters and debris, but the airfield was renovated and put to use as B.28. The Royal Air Force used it until May 1945.
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By S Fearn  |  2013-02-24 at 21:00  |  permalink

Thanks for this info about airfield construction. My grandfather, who died in 1945, was in France and Belgium from 1944-45 and this website has greatly helped research into his story.

By KEITH DOWLING  |  2013-03-17 at 12:41  |  permalink

THE SITE AT B8 FAILED TO OPEN FOR US TO VIEW WHICH IS ANNOYING AS ITS WHERE MY DAD WAS IN WW11 WITH THE CONSTRUCTION TEAM OF THE RAF IN WW11.

Any chance someone can help with more pictures please or better still more info .

Many thanks Keith D.

By barbara  |  2016-03-13 at 21:21  |  permalink

does anyone know of one French Canadian Air Pilot Albert Wesley Ross who was killed with his mate whilst on leave cycling from Rissington to Windrush….and was knocked off their push bikes and killed by an American truck in August 1945……Any imformation of my fathers death would be much appreciated….send to my email address please.
kizzy112526@btinternet.com.
Thank you.
Barbara

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