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Chateau of Vaulaville
Chateau of Vaulaville
Coat of arms of Tour-en-Bessin
Coat of arms
Tour-en-Bessin is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Trévières
Intercommunality Trévières
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Frédéric Renaud
Area1 10.31 km2 (3.98 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 584
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14700 / 14400
Elevation 20–77 m (66–253 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.

Tour-en-Bessin is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern 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 28 July, the airfield was designated as "A-13", it was used by several fighter and bomber units until mid-September. Afterward, the airfield was used for resupply and casualty transport. It was closed in early December.[1][2]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 414 —    
1968 452 +9.2%
1975 418 −7.5%
1982 421 +0.7%
1990 512 +21.6%
1999 504 −1.6%
2008 584 +15.9%

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.