Vernouillet, Eure-et-Loir

Vernouillet, Eure-Et-Loir

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Vernouillet, Eure-et-Loir

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Vernouillet is a commune in the Eure-et-Loir department in north-central France. It lies adjacent to the south side of the town of Dreux, and is the second-largest component community of the Communauté d'agglomération du Drouais. It is twinned with Cheddar in the United Kingdom as well as Felsberg in Germany.

Vernouillet Airport

Built prior to World War II as a civil airport, Vernouillet Airport was seized by the Germans in June 1940 during the Battle of France. They used it as a major Luftwaffe military airfield during the occupation. It was liberated by Allied ground forces about 21 August 1944 during the Northern France Campaign. It was then used by the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force as a combat Advanced Landing Ground. Declared operational on 26 August, the airfield was designated as "A-41", and was used by combat units until the end of the war. Afterward the airport was returned to civil control.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.Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.. The airport was closed after the war due to a conflict of airspace with the expanding Orly Airport near Paris, and is now a small grass airfield general aviation airport with no commercial...
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