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Ver-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department and Normandy region of north-western France. It is situated at the eastern end of Gold Beach between Arromanches and Courseulles. The town lies 20 km north-west of Caen and 14 km north-east of Bayeux.

Rue Robert Riethe.jpg
Ver-sur-Mer is located in France
Location within Normandy region
Ver-sur-Mer is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 49°19′55″N 0°31′42″W / 49.3319°N 0.5283°W / 49.3319; -0.5283Coordinates: 49°19′55″N 0°31′42″W / 49.3319°N 0.5283°W / 49.3319; -0.5283
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Courseulles-sur-Mer
Intercommunality Bessin, Seulles et Mer
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Philippe Onillon
Area1 9.01 km2 (3.48 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 1,589
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 14739 /14114
Elevation 0–56 m (0–184 ft)
(avg. 42 m or 138 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.

As well as its beach, the village has a bakery, pony club, sailing club, shrimp fishery, small supermarket, tennis court, and youth hostel. It is also home to the America Gold Beach Museum.

The seafront promenade (Boulevard de la Plage)

Ver-sur-Mer lighthouse, still active today, was built in 1908 on the heights above the beach. During World War II, Canadian troops swiftly seized the lighthouse; however, it was badly damaged and had to be restored after the end of the war. Ver-sur-Mer's church, which was constructed between the 10th and 12th centuries, is dedicated to Saint Martin.

The wreckage of Byrd's aircraft


Richard Evelyn ByrdEdit

On 1 July 1927, Commander Richard Evelyn Byrd was forced to crash land his plane, America, in the sea off Ver-sur-Mer after his attempt at the first mail-carrying flight across the Atlantic failed.

Sexton self-propelled 25 pounder gun on display at Ver-sur-Mer


On 6 June 1944, D-Day, the British 50th Infantry Division landed at Ver-sur-Mer as part of the Normandy Landings invasion, Operation Overlord.


Year Pop. ±%
1962 623 —    
1968 580 −6.9%
1975 701 +20.9%
1982 966 +37.8%
1990 1,359 +40.7%
1999 1,307 −3.8%
2008 1,565 +19.7%
2014 1,589 +1.5%

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