Cretteville is a former commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the commune of Picauville.[2]

Cretteville
Part of Picauville
Église de Cretteville.jpg
Location of Cretteville
Cretteville is located in France
Cretteville
Cretteville
Cretteville is located in Normandy
Cretteville
Cretteville
Coordinates: 49°20′35″N 1°23′19″W / 49.343°N 1.3887°W / 49.343; -1.3887Coordinates: 49°20′35″N 1°23′19″W / 49.343°N 1.3887°W / 49.343; -1.3887
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentManche
ArrondissementCherbourg
CantonCarentan
CommunePicauville
Area
1
6.83 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)[1]
204
 • Density30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
50250
Elevation2–37 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.

World War IIEdit

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.[3][4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2019, INSEE
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 23 December 2015 (in French)
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.