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Saizerais Aerodrome, was a temporary World War I airfield in France. It was located 0.5 miles (0.80 km) southwest of Saizerais, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in north-eastern France.

Saizerais Aerodrome
Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)
Located near: Saizerais, France
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VI Corps Observation Group officers with a De Havilland DH-4, Saizerais Airfield, France, November 1918
Saizerais Aerodrome is located in France
Saizerais Aerodrome
Saizerais Aerodrome
Coordinates48°47′46″N 006°01′25″E / 48.79611°N 6.02361°E / 48.79611; 6.02361Coordinates: 48°47′46″N 006°01′25″E / 48.79611°N 6.02361°E / 48.79611; 6.02361
TypeCombat Airfield
Site information
Controlled byUS Army Air Roundel.svg  Air Service, United States Army
ConditionAgricultural area
Site history
Built1918
In use1918–1919
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World War I
Garrison information
GarrisonVI Corps Observation Group
United States First Army Air Service

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OverviewEdit

The airfield was built in late Spring 1916 by and for the French Air Service, and continuously operational until early April 1918.

484th Aero Squadron (Construct.) arrived about 10 October 1918, probably to make to tidy up an airfield which had not been used for some time. United States VI Corps Observation Group, Second Army Air Service two squadrons arrived on 23 - 25 October, with the Group's HQ; Second Army was established in October primarily to carry out offensive operations in the Metz area, however, before it could become fully operational, the war ended and the Group most likely did not perform many missions.

After the armistice, the Group's HQ stayed at Saizerais until being disbanded on 15 April 1919. The 354th Aero Squadron moved to Rhineland, while its second squadron, 8th Aero Squadron, had already left in late November 1918. The airfield was eventually returned to agricultural use; today it is a series of cultivated fields located 1/2 miles to the southwest of Saizerais, at the edge of Saizerais forest's northern tip.

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  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Series "D", Volume 2, Squadron histories,. Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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