14 Calvados City : Isigny-sur-Mer
anciennement sur Neuilly-la-Forêt
Coordinates : 49°17'1"N 1°5'54"W
49°17.017 N 1°5.908 W
A chained-off monument by the side of the road, flanked by three flagpoles, commemorating American aviators. At the edge of the D197 towards Isigny-sur-Mer.
1st plaque 474th FG US Air Force FS 428-429-430 1944-1984
2nd plaque Presented to the inhabitants of Neuilly-la-Foret in eternal friendship 1944-1994 474th Association of fighting forces of the 9th air force, USA
3rd plaque 38th Signal Battalion July 1944
Info Sign Construction of the A11 airfield (A=American) was begun on the 22nd July 1944 by the 832nd Engineer Aviation Battalion. It was declared operational on the 5th August 1944 and accommodated the 474th Fighter Group and the P-38 Lightnings (fighter bombers). About 100 planes parked on this aerodrome of around 200 hectares. Only three squadrons, with 25 fighter bombers in each one, were operational. The rest were used for liaison between the different aerodromes. On 23rd August, the 474th Fighter Group had its hour of glory, when it destroyed a significant quantity of equipment and materiel amassed along the Seine, behind the pocket of resistance of Falaise-Argentan. On 25 August, 23 pilots from the 474th Fighter Group took off from the aerodrome. 11 of them fell above the Oise after a huge combat with German fighters. On 5 September 1944, the land of the A11 airfield was returned to French authorities.