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American airfields in France n 1945

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  1. Oldleg

    Oldleg New Member

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    Can anyone help me, I am wanting to find out if there was an American airstrip in the area of Le Tronquay which is in Eure, Normandy, France. A few years ago I was on a walk with a few local ramblers and one spotted sheets of perforated metal saying that these were used during the war to make temporary airstrips. I know the US army was in the area as I have a letter from a soldier,, but I ma also wondering if there as also a temporary landing strip in the same place.

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  2. Takao

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    Three that I know of were in the area...You would need to be more specific as to your location from Le Tronquay
    Le Molay Airfield(Advance Landing Ground A-9) 3.1nm northwest
    Lignerolles Airfield(Advance Landing Ground A-12) 3.4nm south
    Tour-en-Bessin Airfield(Advance Landing Ground A-13) 4.7nm northeast

    Edit - We can nix Lignerolles Airfield...Just found out it used Prefabricated Bitumious/Hessian Surfacing for its runway.
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    They're called Marston Mats and were used globally; after the war, where I lived, they were used as fences, building materials, all sorts. It allowed for very speedy construction of airfields, and easy repair of the runways.

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  4. Oldleg

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    Lyons La Foret and Le Tronquay is the area I am looking at or anywhere near the area. The photos shown of the Marston mats are identical to what was found. .
     
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    Although there is a large forest in the area there is also a lot of flat farm land which would be perfect for an airstrip, in fact the SOE used it for Lysander pick ups and deliveries.

    Are the mats still in use for other purposes today?
     
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    This is the Le Tronquay I am looking at....
    Google Maps
     
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