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Cretteville is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Coutances
Canton La Haye-du-Puits
Intercommunality la Haye-du-Puits
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Lerouvillois
Area1 6.83 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 219
 • Density 32/km2 (83/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50153 / 50250
Elevation 2–37 m (6.6–121.4 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Cretteville is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

World War II

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground outside of the town. Declared operational on 4 July, the airfield was designated as "A-14", it was used by the 358th Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until mid-August when the unit moved into Central France. The 406th Fighter Group took its place at the airfield and continued to fly P-47s until early September. Afterward, the airfield was closed.[1][2]

See also


  1. 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.
  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.