Cricqueville-en-Bessin

Cricqueville-en-Bessin (French pronunciation: [kʁikvil ɑ̃ bɛsɛ̃] (About this soundlisten), literally Cricqueville in Bessin) is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.

Cricqueville-en-Bessin
La Pointe du Hoc
La Pointe du Hoc
Location of Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Cricqueville-en-Bessin is located in France
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Cricqueville-en-Bessin is located in Normandy
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Coordinates: 49°22′38″N 1°00′01″W / 49.3771°N 1.0002°W / 49.3771; -1.0002Coordinates: 49°22′38″N 1°00′01″W / 49.3771°N 1.0002°W / 49.3771; -1.0002
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementBayeux
CantonTrévières
IntercommunalityCC Isigny-Omaha Intercom
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Philippe Le Boucher
Area
1
8.55 km2 (3.30 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
187
 • Density22/km2 (57/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14204 /14450
Elevation0–39 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.

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

HistoryEdit

World War IIEdit

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.[2][3]

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962197—    
1968200+1.5%
1975190−5.0%
1982157−17.4%
1990171+8.9%
1999182+6.4%
2008186+2.2%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ AAF Airfields in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Air Force History Index