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La Pointe du Hoc
La Pointe du Hoc
Cricqueville-en-Bessin is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Isigny-sur-Mer
Intercommunality Isigny Grandcamp
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Frédéric Pain
Area1 8.55 km2 (3.30 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 186
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14204 / 14450
Elevation 0–39 m (0–128 ft)
(avg. 50 m or 160 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.

Cricqueville-en-Bessin is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.

The municipality takes its name from its deep-water creek that forms a natural harbor, from Crycavilla.


World War II

Just outside Cricqueville, the United States Army Air Forces established an airfield shortly after D-Day on 9 June 1944, just three days after the Allied landings in France. The airfield was one of the first established in the liberated area of Normandy. Known as Advanced Landing Ground "A-2" (Cricqueville), it was used from early June though September 1944. After the Americans moved east into Central France, the airfield was dismantled and the land returned to agricultural use.[1][2]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 197 —    
1968 200 +1.5%
1975 190 −5.0%
1982 157 −17.4%
1990 171 +8.9%
1999 182 +6.4%
2008 186 +2.2%

See also